Helping People Afford Basic Healthcare

 
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Here is just a sample of our programs. The JADMC schedule of activities is extremely hectic but very rewarding.

 

  • our upcoming Harelip/Cleft Palate Surgical Mission will target 150 patients and involve over 50 volunteers
  • cataract surgeries occur every day, at least five patients per day, and screenings and post-operative checkups occur every Saturday. We lack more eye center equipment and are seeking donations to purchase these
  • the Prosthetics Rehabilitation Center is underway staffed by volunteers from Arellano University
  • the Mother Child Charity Clinic continues every Friday
  • we are now approved by PHILHEALTH, which is one step closer to self-sustainabililty.

The late Dr. Datu will be recognized in a ceremony on the eve of the Fiesta of Bacolor on November 16, 2012, hosted by the mayor and other dignitaries of the municipality.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Dear Friends,

The JADMC has been very active and very busy. To name just a few programs:

  • maternal and well child clinic
  • dental clinic
  • manufacturing and distributing 33 prosthetics for the month of July
  • the staff is in the field monitoring three satellite birthing clinics in remote areas of the province
  • screenings for harelip and cleft palate surgeries in conjunction with Operation Smile (see attached pictures)

We are currently revising the electrical wiring so we can resume our cataract surgeries without equipment failure.This is where your donations will go in the foreseeable future. We hope you can help.

Great News! The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has approved us for a 3M Philippine Peso grant. The required output needed is 300 cataract surgeries, 200 pterygium surgeries, 133 prosthetics, and 200 harelip and cleft palate surgeries. The first release of the funds is in April. We are doing as much as we can as the P3M is not enough to pay for all the expenses. We still rely on donations.

We are busy soliciting funds for the P1M that we need for the electrical work (P250,000 breakers, P387,000 electrical distribution, P363,000 transformers). Not to mention the costs of repairing the donated hospital equipment.

Please help us achieve our goals!

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January has been a busy month. Dr. Eric Lohse and his wife Vicki (an RN) came to the JADMC from Illinois. Together with our staff they completed 61 cataract surgeries and 39 pterygium surgeries. Due to the lack of surgical microscopes they worked until 3 am each night to accomplish this goal. We have three and one of them broke down...in fact, the ideal number to support such high demand would be six operating microscopes. We are trying to raise funds to purchase gently used ones. We are learning more about the equipment that we have and are definitely getting there. Through Physicians for Peace, equipment donated by the Love for Life Foundation will hopefully arrive this month so we can use them for the next mission. We are now planning another Cataract Mission for February 21-24. We hope that with your help we can complete our needed supplies to help those in need SEE clearly!

We are happy to report that the Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) is growing exponentially!

October marked the groundbreaking of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center. This will be located in a new building behind the JADMC, offering harelip, cleft palate, and microsurgeries of the ear. It also marked the inauguration of the Ambulatory Surgical Center for Cataract Surgery.

The Prosthetic Lab churns out 15-20 prosthetics per month. Next to the lab is a Rehabilitation Center overseen by Arellano University to help the recipients become accustomed to their prosthetic.

We are the lucky recipients of significant medical equipment donations. Our deepest gratitude to Drs. Jess Yap, Gino Ang, and Winston Magno of the Connecticut Association of Philippine Physicians for their donation of two anesthesia machines, and to Dr. Conrad Zapanta for his donation of a surgical microscope. Physicians For Peace in Virginia has been kind enough to ship these large pieces from the U.S. to the JADMC.

Our other programs are going strong:

  • satellite clinics to remote areas of Pampanga bringing healthcare to those who cannot afford transportation to the JADMC
  • midwife education lecture programs
  • well family clinics
  • mother/child clinics
  • dental clinics
  • distribution of eyeglasses and hearing aids

We continue to rely on donations and service organizations to keep us going. We are actively working on obtaining PHILHEALTH licensure for long-term sustainability.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

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Joycelyn Datu

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Ledyard, Connecticut United States

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