LOVE FOR LIFE FOUNDATION OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN PHYSICIANS IN AMERICA

Build an ambulatory community health care center in a town ravaged by the Mount Pinatubo eruption to provide immediate and accessible health care services to families who were affected and displaced by the catastrophe and are now returning and rebuilding their homes and families in their respective communities. Serve impoverished communities in surrounding areas with compassionate healthcare.
Nov 18, 2014

update

Much has yet to be done one year later.Poverty, sanitation, and geographic isolation play significant roles. Many world events, equally deserving of attention, have occurred since Haiyan and as a result our owrk has been overshadowed and almost forgotten. Below is a recent Wall Street Journal article  updating on the current status of recovery efforts. Attached is a progress report from Sister and Doctor Eloisa David of the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City. In February 2015 the Love for Life Foundation Team plan to visit the area and will report first hand the state of the region. Thank you for your continued support. There is much to be done and we can't do it without you. 

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Oct 13, 2014

Updates from the Field

A. Maternal and Child Nutrition Program:
1. Birthing clinic at JADMC
    - we started officially last friday with pre natal schedules done three times a week;
    - Arellano University will help us with technical support and volunteers. They are now finalizing the writing of the operations manuals;
    - the Rodriquez district hospital will be the referral hospital for complicated births; the protocols for this are also being finalized ;
2. Satellite Birthing clinics;
- the donation of the PLDT Smart Foundation of p1.5 million was released to fund the establishment and expansion of another set of 6 satellite clinics  in bulacan
- the DOH issued a new order re the new specifications for licensing;
- KDF is now hiring a part time architect to help with their renovation design;
3. WPFI National Convention:
The KDF Satellite Birthing Clinics will all attend the national convention cum training of the well family midwives partnership foundation (wpfi) on nov 10-12. Preparations for the participation is ongoing;
B. People with Disability (PWD) programs:
1. Seeing Clearly:
-  eye screenings every Saturday morning at JADMC continuing. Average of 100 persons come from all over Pampanga and parts of region 3;
- screenings on site are done three times a week. Coordination with local NGOs and local governments done everyday for the scheduling;
- Prescription eye glasses are distributed every week; average of 50 eye glasses a week are distributed;
2. Prosthetics:
- screenings two times a month are done at JADMC with Dr Nepomuceno and Dr Tiangco alternating;
- two additional technicians are now being trained by KDF to become prosthetics technicians;
- regular meetings and follow ups done re PCSO possible funding;
3. Cleft lip/ Palate surgeries:
- pre screening of cleft lip and palate patients done September 9 at JADMC
- to date we have recruited 50 patients ready and prequalified for a possible November mission;
- arrangements are now being made w Operation Smile and with Rodriquez District Hospital for the details of the mission;
C. Livelihood:
- Weekend Market at JADMC continues every Saturday. This is coordinated by the KDF satellite nursery association;
- schedule for 2015 regular livelihood seminars to be held at JADMC are being finalized;
.We hope to do a fund campaign for these programs in 2015;

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Jul 7, 2014

Updates from the field

Dear friend, 

Thanks to your donation, (100% of which goes directly to helping the victims) we have reached our goal of raising the $10,000 necessary for sending a shipping container of hospital supplies from our charity clinic, the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) in Bacolor, Pampanga to the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City, Leyte. The shipment contains much needed potable water, medicine, and building supplies that Dr. /Sister Eloisa David at the hospital has requested from us to meet their immediate needs. The Divine Word Hospital has been instrumental in providing urgent care to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, caring for thousands of patients.

 

We realize that there will be long term health care needs caused by the Typhoon which we are ready to face. There will be issues with wound infections, obstetrical care, perinatal and postnatal care, infectious diseases, among others. The Love for Life Foundation started as a disaster relief organization after the Mount Pinatubo volcano eruption in the early 1990's and over time realized we needed to have a more reliable, daily presence, thus the JADMC. We are here to help not just on an immediate but also a long term basis.

 

If you are ever in the area we would love to give you a tour of the JADMC so you can meet some of the JADMC staff and the many patients you are helping. Some of our ongoing programs include cleft palate and cleft lip surgeries, prosthetic manufacturing for amputees, cataract surgeries, and mother and child care. Because of the clinic's overwhelming success we are planning to expand the waiting area to accommodate the overflow of patients we are caring for. We recently hosted Operation Smile and performed over 100 successful cleft lip surgeries.

Thank you again for your generosity. It is truly appreciated.

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