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The Dr Jesus A. Datu Medical Center is proud to host the Operation Smile International Surgical Mission the week of June 20, 2015. Hundreds of potential patients come from all over the country for evaluation and potential surgery for cleft lip and palate deformities, all done by skiilled, volunteer physicians, surgeons, nurses from all over the world!  The Kapampangan Development Foundation spearheaded by Sylvia Munoz Ordonez and Ben Ricafort, have been instrumental in bringing Operation Smile to the JADMC. This is an annual event which we hope to continue for years to come. 

The pictures speak for themselves.

Thank you for your help.

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MATERNITY AREA
MATERNITY AREA

The week of February 12, 2015, Love for Life members visited the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center, (JADMC). This is the only charity hospital in the province of Pampanga.

We continue to work with the Department of Health to expand our license to become a LEVEL 2 hospital. This takes a lot of work but will eventually be worthwhile. In the meantime we are doing what we can to help the poor with what we have. 

In the meantime the JADMC is busy with our programs, including SEEING CLEARLY (cataracts) and WALKING FREE (prosthetics). With the help of our volunteer doctors, we have helped thousands of indigent people see again so they may lead productive lives. With our prosthetics department, we have helped individuals walk again so they can find work.

Our new project is a maternity clinic. The Philippines has one of the highest maternal fetal mortality rates in the world. We want to reduce that by providing a safe place for women in rural and remote areas to deliver their child. We provide prenatal and postnatal education as well, which is vital. We expect a high demand for our services. We hope you can help!

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We remain super, super busy!!! Earlier this month, we had our annual gathering with our partners, donors and friends in thanksgiving for all the blessings of year 2013. 
In partnership with the Operation Smile we held our three day cleft lip/ cleft palate mini surgical mission with a target of 40 patients. This is our Second mission for the year.
Last December 1, the first baby was delivered at JADMC. We have more than 40 pre natal patients scheduled to deliver in the next 3 months. This is part of our expansion into a maternity center for non-complicated births, providing a safe and healthy environment for mother and child prenatally and in the post partum period.  We hope to make an impact in reducing the maternal and fetal mortality in the Philippines, which is one of the highest in the world.  Our regular programs, prosthetics, family wellness, dental health, are ongoing. This includes the livelihood program where we teach patients basic farming skills so they can be self sufficient. 
Thank you for your ongoing belief and support in helping one of the poorest regions of the world. 

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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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livelihood project
livelihood project
The cleft lip/cleft palate mission went very well. We were able to do 122 surgeries and 7 obturators. The work continues, we need to coordinate the return of the equipment, attend goodbye receptions for the volunteers and now prepare for the june 21 post operation check up. Now that we have the extension building, we are now able to schedule such activities even during the rainy season
All screenings were done at JADMC., including pre operations and post operations. All the volunteer nurses also stayed at JADMC.
The two KDF scholars of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU), for Prosthetics will graduate in a year's time. This will enable us to expand our services to prosthetics and orthotics at JADMC. 
The Arellano university will help us w the PT requirements up to the level of the households where our beneficiaries are.
The Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Program will be expanded to include training for the midwives. We plan to operate the birthing clinic at JADMC as soon as we have hired the full time OB/GYN. This is a big program and we need space.
Mr. Benigno Ricafort and Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez, our partners at the JADMC, are supervising two backyard piggeries which will earn the prosthetics beneficiaries a minimum wage. Please see photo of Mario Santos , a beneficiary for the above the knee prosthetics.  They are digging a hole , 30x 30 sqm for what they call deep bed technology.
This backyard piggery project will be started next week and will be inaugurated middle of July. 
piggery project
piggery project
piggery project
piggery project

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