Helping People Afford Basic Healthcare

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;


Jun 30, 2014

Updates from the field

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


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. 


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