genetic enzyme infusion at PSOD
In May 2015, as a result of our successful fundraising via Global Giving’s Bonus Day campaign we have extended our support to children with cancer and rare diseases in the Philippines. Asia America Initiative is assisting the Philippine Society for Orphan Diseases in Manila by providing a monthly budget for nutritional support to close to 250 children under their care. The PSOD works in tandem with the Institute of Human Genetics, which is affiliated with the University of the Philippines under the direction of the national Department of Health.
Since 2007. Asia America Initiative has been supporting children with special medical needs in the Philippines, whose families are trapped in dire poverty. This essential program has saved the lives of close to 100 mothers and children who would not otherwise have access to expensive specialized medicines. With assistance from Global Giving donors, through our AAI “Art of Hope and Healing” program we have been empowered to provide needed nutritional supplements, art materials and toys to boost the child patients’ attitude and inner-strength to overcome their physical disabilities.
We are happy to report that 10 year old Pauline, who is among AAI’s main recipients of the special medicines has now been accepted into regular classes with “normal” children at her elementary school. Although she must continue her monthly medical infusions at PSOD and to supplement the enzyme in her body that she lacks, she is vibrant and enjoys singing, dancing and performing for her family and friends. “Pauline’s recovery and the continued support from AAI and the Global Giving donors is wonderful news,” says Janet Jen Francisco, at PSOD. “It is truly a huge blessing for the patients who badly need nutritional support. In behalf of our patients and their families, we thank you and your donors for your generosity.”
Ms. Cynthia Magdaraog, President of the PSOD is also the mother of a child with a rare disease. “The kindness you have extended special patients, such as Pauline, has ensured their continuous treatment," she states. "We don't know how to thank you enough.”
child with osteogenesis disorder ar psod
physical therapy at PSOD
occupational therapy at PSOD
student volunteers from Mindanao State University
Energetic Pauline with Mom and friends at PSOD
PSOD multi-disciplinary treatment clinic