Helping People Afford Basic Healthcare

Mar 20, 2014



Dear friends,
In addition to our ongoing activities, below are the goals of the Love for Life Foundation and JADMC for 2014:
1. Above Knee Prosthetics 
 -we will work with the International Red Cross sponsored Jubilee group of Davao to introduce KDF (Kapampangan Development Foundation) to their above knee suppliers from Vietnam;
 - work closely with the UERM Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics to help us provide above knee prosthetics to at least  50 cases for 2014;
-additional training  of the prosthetics technicians on the use of these above knee mechanisms;
2. Wheel Chairs
- work with other groups for the donation of free wheel chairs aside from Operation Blessings
- work with Physicians for Peace (PFP) re free wheel chairs from its partners;
- target is 100 wheel chairs
3. JADMC Charity Birthing Clinic:
- work on hiring OB Gyn Doctors to help us launch a charity birthing clinic at JADMC
4. Eye center
- work with the Pampanga Department of Education to do free eye screenings for school children in cooperation w the Physicians for Peace 
5. Multi purpose hall:
build a multipurpose hall at the back of the JADMC for our outpatients screenings and followups. This means raising the funds for this purpose.
6. Livelihood program: launch the livelihood program for. 2014.program still being finalized
Targets for ongoing programs:
Cataract surgeries: 50 a month
Pterygium surgeries: 50 a month
Prosthetics ( below knees):  10 per month
Harelip/ cleft palate: 100 / year


Dec 9, 2013

Operation Smile


From the JADMC, Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez:
The cleft lip/ palate international surgical mission finished yesterday. Done were 101 surgeries and 6 obturators. 172 were screened. We are now busy clearing up and discharging the 
Patients and sending off the volunteers, etc. pist operation check up will be on Dec 6. This was the only international mission to the Philippines for the year. Quite big. We had 60  OS volunteers from abroad and from the other provinces. This does not include the local doctors who came and went after surgeries. We had 50 kdf volunteers ( 30 arellano nurses and 10 local volunteers from our partners and 10 KDF / JADMC staff. It was a huge task...went seamlessly well!!!! Food was cooked in my mother's house. My brother lent us a car for marketing and food delivery. The outing to the diaspora and cultural tour of bacolor and guagua churces and JDMC was appreciated. Their visit to Subic for a picnic was great!!! They loved the beach. The farewell dinner hosted by Myrna and Boy Bituin was beautiful !!! Native lechon  was served. Everyday was packed w 30-32 surgeries done a day. Final screening and decking on the first day was big and smooth w 30 student nurses snd 10 kdf staff and 10 volunteers from partners helping.... We fed the parenrs from day 1- day to the last day. We had a call center to track the patients and fetch those who had no money.... We cooked food for all the volunteers!!!! Thanks to all the foreign and local vplunteers and our staff !!! Great job. Kdf / JADMC prepared for this for a year. Looking for patients, screening them, coordinating w the local ngos and lgus, soliciting funds and contributions in kind..... Lots of work. Thank god it is now a weekened and all can rest. Last night the Operations Smile gave a farewell dinner for the group of OS volunteers to say goodbye and thank you!!!!


Nov 30, 2013


Sylvia Ordonez with the Red Cross
Sylvia Ordonez with the Red Cross

The Love for Life Foundation began as a disaster relief effort in the early 1990's with the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano. Over the years we have focused on a more permanent presence in the Philippines in the form of the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center. The recent tragedy affecting thousands of Filipinos brings us back to our initial purpose: disaster relief. The staff at the JADMC, led by Ms. Sylvia Ordonez of the Kapampangan Development Foundation, is working with Sister Eloisa David, a nun of the Saint Scholastica Order who is a also a doctor, to help the typhoon victims. Sister David is based in Leyte, which was hardest hit by Haiyan. 

We also expect long term medical consequences from this natural catastrophe, such as wound infections resulting in amputations, infections of many kinds, obstetrical care, and many others. We are ready to serve. 


Nov 11, 2013


The JADMC and Love for Life Foundation continues to do what we can, as described in prior project reports to you. It is saddening to see that death and suffering caused by this most recent natural disaster. The Philippines is no stranger to natural catastrophes but this is one of the worst. Unfortunately, another typhoon is in its wake. People who hadnothing now have even less. They have lost their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children. Livelihoods and homes are gone. Now we are dealing with medical disease as a result of poor sanitation, homelessness, and lack of access to medical care. You have read all the unfortunate details in the news. Please help us in this very difficult time. 

Thank you.


Aug 21, 2013

Walking towards a better life

Prosthetic Fittings
Prosthetic Fittings

The following is an e-postcard from Sandra Dickison, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines.

Traveling over 6 hours, Pampanga resident Joey brought her 4 year-old daughter, Princess, to the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Clinic on June 25th.  When we first met Princess she seemed like a typical kid - shy around foreigners, close to her mother, and tired from the journey.  However, Princess was born without a foot and on Tuesday, at the Clinic, she was being fitted for her first prosthetic which would allow her to walk and play with the other kids in her town.

Ana and I had the opportunity to visit the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Clinic which is supported by the Love for Life Foundation of Philippine American Physicians in America.   The clinic provides an array of basic medical services to the poor from the Pampanaga region which is north of Manila.  From cataract surgeries to a birthing center, the Clinic is run by a dedicated staff and supported by volunteer doctors. 

We spent the morning visiting with staff and nurses, learning about the 30+ cataract surgeries they had already performed – free of charge – to residents in the area.   Robbie and Jerome, the prosthetic technicians, gave us a tour of the prosthetic lab where they cast, mold, and create prosthetic legs which are free to those who need them.  Robbie himself was also a recipient of a prosthetic leg.

Throughout the morning, during our meetings and tour, people were already arriving for the bi-monthly prosthetic screening which would begin at 2:00.  Many, like Joey and Princess, traveled a great distance and waited for hours in the hot room meet with the doctor.  Ana and I visited with patients and all of them were smiling, excited to be at the Clinic and ready to get fitted for a prosthetic.  Young and old, by the time the screening began about 40 people were in line to be fitted.

While Ana and I were impressed by the Clinic’s organization and services, we were blown away by their dedication to the community.  Observing the screening, we could not help but think how Princess’ life would change with the help of the Clinic and the Love for Life Foundation.

Ana with Joey and her family
Ana with Joey and her family
The technicians showing us the prosthetic
The technicians showing us the prosthetic
The nurses in the cataract surgery room
The nurses in the cataract surgery room
Receiving instructions before prosthetic fittings
Receiving instructions before prosthetic fittings
The technicians in front of the foot molds
The technicians in front of the foot molds

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Joycelyn Datu

Ledyard, Connecticut United States

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