Philippines: Reintegrating Manila's street children

In the capital Manila, MSF provides a comprehensive package of medical, psychosocial and legal services aimed at facilitating the reintegration of street children into Filipino society. In addition, a separate mobile medical team is now concentrating on street children in District V, one of Manila's six districts and the heart of the city. The team's work is complemented by a child-friendly center in the Paco area of the district and a pilot project offering social support to the families of street children and the communities where they live. The southern island of Mindanao has long been the site of clashes between the government army and rebel groups. MSF began assisting people displaced internally by fighting in Maguindanao and North Cotabato in 2000. Following the cessation of hostilities in March 2001, the number of people displaced fell from 800,000 in July 2000 to less than 20,000 in March 2002. In light of the improved situation, MSF was able to close its mobile clinics in March and to stop supplying medicines in May. In neighboring Sulu province, the site of intense civil conflict, MSF continues to provide financial support to a pharmacy cooperative set up in 1997. A project to improve water quality and sanitation in the slum area of Malabon, north of Manila, drew to a close in spring 2002. MSF has been working in the Philippines since 1984. International staff: 10 National staff: 75