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HERDIN Record #: PCHRD13120610174042 Submitted: 06 December 2013 Modified: 24 August 2018

The potentials of traditional birth attendants or hilots as family planning motivators in rural communities of the Philippines.

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GENERAL OBJECTIVE: The general objective of this study is to determine how best to utilize the hilot or indigenous midwife in the Philippines not only in her traditional role as birth attendant but also as a family planning motivator in remote rural areas of the country.


1. To obtain information on traditional and present services for maternal and child health in the community, and the factors affecting the utilization of such services.

2. To obtain demographic and health statistics of the communities covered by the study.

3. To obtain general information on practicing hilots.

4. To help in the reduction of material and neonatal mortality and morbidity by updating the practices of the hilots.

5. To involve hilots as family planning motivators.

6. To determine what factors may increase the effectiveness of hilots as family workers.

7. To explore possibilities of other roles in family planning which may be assigned to hilots in communities where they practice their calling. In each of the three projects there were some variations or modifications in specific objectives, precisely to determine what measures and procedures would make hilots effective in their new roles.

Publication Type
Research Project
July 19, 1971-December 19, 1974
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Library PRP 289 / RG 651 D45 1974 Fulltext Print Format (Ask the Information Officer)