WHAT?

Health and Solidarity Mission in Talaingod,Davao del Norte and Escalante, Negros Occidental and Guihulngan and Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

A Health and Solidarity Mission  will be held in the Philippines. The invitation is open to all Health Workers in the USA ( RN’s, LVN’s,CNA’s, Doctors and other members of the health sector).

Health and Solidarity Mission in Talaingod,Davao del Norte and Escalante, Negros Occidental and Guihulngan and Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

A Health and Solidarity Mission  will be held in the Philippines. The invitation is open to all Health Workers in the USA ( RN’s, LVN’s,CNA’s, Doctors and other members of the health sector).

WHY?

……Deteriorating People’s Health

– Five out of ten Filipinos go through life and death without ever seeing a doctor or a nurse.

– 10 mothers die daily because of pregnancy and childbirth-related cases.

 

 

– Preventable and curable diseases are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity; 8 of the top 10 causes of morbidity in the country are infectious in nature.

– Tuberculosis, Measles, Septicemia, Malaria, Gastro-enteritis Pneumonia are rampant among children under 5 years old.

–  Infant Mortality Rate in the Philippines is one of the highest in Asia, nearly 1 out of 3 infants never get to see their first birthday.

– In Talaingod, Davao Del Norte, Escalante, Guihulngan and Dauin in Negros Oriental, acute respiratory tract infections, measles, septicemia, pulmonary tuberculosis, intestinal parasitism, malnutrition, anemia and gastro-enteritis are rampant. Most of these diseases have been eradicated in industrialized countries yet it kills hundred of thousands, mostly children in the Philippines.

…..PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

– Proposed National Budget for 2011 is P1.575 trillion, an increase of P216.4 billion or 14 percent from the 2010 budget of P1.541 trillion.

1 US Dollar = 43.25457 Philippine Peso

1 Philippine Peso (PHP) = 0.02312 US Dollar (USD)

– Of the proposed 2011 budget only a measly P33.3 billion is alloted for the Department of Health, a paltry increase of 13.6% from 2010 budget of P29.3 billion.

– Proposed Philippine Military Budget for 2011 is P104.5 billion (USD2.3 billion), an increase of 81% from the 2010 military budget of P57.694 billion. Yet the Philippine Military is one of the most corrupt organizations in the Philippines. Corruption is so rampant in the military that one General in the army owns several houses in the USA. Yet foot soldiers who are poorly paid are made as cannon fodders in the civil war with out appropriate rations  and gears for combat.

– Due to government’s Labor Export Program (LEP) thousands of doctors and nurses leave the country each year. Philippines is the Number 1 exporter of nurses and 2nd only to India in exporting doctors to other countries. Low pay, poor working conditions, lack of security of tenure, corruption in the bureaucracy are some of the leading reasons for leaving abroad.

……CRYING FOR HEALTH AND JUSTICE
– Inadequate health budget, government’s neglect of the people’s health, corruption in the bureaucracy, doctors and nurses leaving the country due to lack of professional and financial remuneration , worsening human rights
violations have worsened the people’s health situation. The cry for better health is a cry for justice.

…..JOIN THE HEALTH AND SOLIDARITY MISSION, SERVE THE PEOPLE

– The Health and Solidarity Mission is an opportunity for nurse’s, LVN’s, doctors and other members of the health sector in the USA to participate and contribute their knowledge and skills in alleviating the worsening conditions of health of the poor and marginalized.

– It is an opportunity to learn first hand the state of the Filipino people’s health, their longing for better health and their cry for justice.

– It is an opportunity to share with the people a much needed health service.

WHEN AND WHERE?

The Health and Solidarity Mission will be held from July 10-16 in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte and July 16-21 in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental in the Philippines (Details will be provided by May 2011).

HOW AND WHO TO CONTACT?

Interested participants will fill out application forms and waiver and will undergo a one day orientation at least two weeks before departure. Months before the Health and Solidarity Mission, the Filipino-American Health Workers Association (FAHWA) will be sponsoring seminars, conferences, phone call conferences and discussion groups on pressing health and related issues about the Philippines and how it impact the lives of millions of Fil-Ams in the US and Philippines.

CONCEPT

A Health and Solidarity Mission will be launched on July 10-16, 2011 and July 16-21, 2011 in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte and Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, respectively.  The medical mission is co-sponsored by the Filipino-American Health Workers Association (FAHWA), Filipino Migrant Center, Council for Health and Development-Philippines (CHD), Community Based Heatlth Services Association-Mindanao (CBHSA), Negros Island Health Integrated Program (NIHIP), Carmelite Sisters, Yanson Family and various local organizations in the Philippines.  Participants to the Mission will be divided into several teams, each of which will focus on areas where the health situation is appalling and areas where people’s organization are making significant strides in addressing people’s health.

Findings of the health and solidarity mission will be collated and presented to the media and other public fora in Davao City and Bacolod and upon return of the participants, in the US.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?


1. Donate checks payable to:

FILIPINO MIGRANT CENTER (FMC)

and send to:

Filipino-American Health Workers

Association-USA (FAHWA)

10028 Park Street

Bellflower CA, 90706

Donations will go directly to the sponsoring organization for the medical mission.

 

2. Recruit participants to the health and
solidarity mission.

The contact person for the Health and Solidarity Mission is Shalom C. Lorenzana, RN

Telephone: 562-900-2640

 

Email: fahwa2013@gmail.com