KINDNESS IN ACTION INC via Crowdrise
November 02, 2010
BENEFITING: KINDNESS IN ACTION INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 29, 2010
HOURS PLEDGED: 100
Access to health care and the cost of medicine remains a barrier for many Filipinos. Due to extreme poverty, overwhelming population growth, and the ongoing civil war, many impoverished residents are dying of preventable illnesses; maternal and infant mortality is on the rise. The increasing demand for preventive health care is crucial, particularly in remote villages, such as in the outskirts of Davao. The nearest clinic is at least 25 kilometers from these villages. Some of the villages are inaccessible to modern transportation due to rugged terrain and dirt roads.
In January 2010, members of the Philippine Nurses Association-Maryland Chapter (PNAMC), in partnership with the Rotary Club of Pikesville-Owings Mills conducted its first medical mission to Davao City. The medical mission was a tremendous success due to the support and initiatives of local partners: the San Pedro College Community Extension Service (SPCCES), the Rotary Clubs of Waling-Waling and Panabo City. The Davao City partners provided manpower and logistical support to the volunteers from PNAMC and the Rotary Club of Pikesville-Owings Mills. Funding to purchase medicine, dental supplies and dental care packages was provided by a Rotary District 7620 designated grant with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Pikesville-Owings Mills and PNAMC. Approximately, 2,800 adults and children received dental and medical care from the volunteers.
Despite these numbers, many residents from other villages were deprived of these vital medical services due to their remote location and distance from the “fixed” mission site. To maximize access to health care services, we propose to donate a mobile clinic. The mobile clinic will be manned and managed by the San Pedro College Community Extension Service (SPCCES) in partnership with the host Rotary club(s). SPCCES will provide technical support and will coordinate volunteers from the local Rotary and the community. The mobile clinic will provide much needed health care on a predictable schedule throughout the year. The goal of the project is to empower the community to serve their own people, promote wellness through education and encourage active participation by the local recipients. “Together we can make a difference”.