Amid coronavirus lockdown, Philippines sees pregnancy boom and little progress in family planning


In March, Melody Fernandez only had one thing to look forward to for the month: taking a break from her full-time job as a fast-food worker at a chain restaurant. So she took an eight-hour bus drive from Manila, where she works, to Camarines Sur, the province her sister lives in, for a quick holiday. And then the country was put in lockdown.

“I was only supposed to take a holiday,” the 22-year-old said. “Now, I’m having a baby.”

The extended time in a new environment gave her the opportunity…

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