By Faye Chongko-Perez - Program Support Consultant
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Tropical Disease Foundation, Inc. would like to thank each and everyone who has contributed to this effort in sending love to TB patients and healthcare frontliners who has been affected by tuberculosis and the pandemic. Your donations were converted to food support allocations to patients, infection control personal protective equipment and food supply during the enhance community quarantine of the healthcare frontliners who were not able to go home due to the risk of COVID-19.
With this, we would like to close the campaign and we hope to open another campaign soon!
We pray for everyone's safety during this difficult time.
Thank you from TDF Staff
Thank you for additional PPE
Thank you from TDF Staff
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Nov 18, 2020
Protecting Healthcare Heroes from COVID-19
By Therese Chongko-Perez - Program Support Consultant
Respirator being used in BSL2 COVID-19 testing
Personal protective equipment is a vital part of TDF healthcare workers role in laboratory processing and COVID-19 response. During the height of the pandemic it was difficulty to procure respirators due to the scarcity of supply and high cost of items being offered the medical market. Through your generosity and other donor channels you were able to provided the laboratory team with the needed supply of respirators which are a scarcity in the Philippine market. We were able to purchase 10, 3M NIOSH 7093 respirators through the GlobalGiving initiative which are all being used by our laboratory personnel to process both tuberculosis and COVID-19 assays.
The respirators will provide exceptional 99.97% filter efficiency that is required in handling infectious material. The fight is not over, with full hearts and spirits, the Foundation is continuing its service through TB and COVID-19 testing despite the community quarantine imposed in out country.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you very much!
Benjie Balleros, Lab Aide wearing the respirator
Jun 29, 2020
Laboratory in Time of COVID-19
By Marie Therese C. Perez - Project Consultant
Rice and Food Subsidy for TDF Staff
On March 16, 2020, the President of the Philippines put the entire country in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has globally affected the world. The Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF), its staff, and especially the patents were hard hit with the crisis. It was difficult especially with the new normal guidelines and The clinic staff struggled to send TB medication to patients undergoing the different treatment regimens due to the unavailability of public transportation. Though difficult, the true essence of camaraderie which we call "bayanihan" in the Philippines shined.
TDF Clinic staff applied different ways on how to cope without disrupting the patient management through home deliveries of medication and utilizing telemedicine tools for consults. TDF Laboratory continued to process specimens and was recently accredited at the end of May to be an official COVID-19 testing site.
With your generous help, we were able to provide rice subsidy to the staff who were not able to go home due to the lack of public transportation and safety. Part of the proceeds of the GlobalGiving of "Sending Love to 100 TB patients" was allocated to the frontline health workers for food subsidy.
TDF is adjusting to the "new normal" and we hope to continue our advocacy and gratitude despite the new challenges that come our way. This pandemic has taught us to be adaptable and resilient despite the healthcare challenges, we salute our front liners for their bravery and selflessness to aid those heavily affected of TB in time of COVID-19.
We hope that we continue to inspire interest to our donors and we thank you in advance.