Healing Arts at National Children's Hospital
Asia America Initiative's program in the Philippines to provide Medical Treatment and Vocational and Art Instruction to impoverished women and children with cancer has entered the next stage of life saving activities. The first stage involved supplemental medical assistance to ongoing treatment programs where women and children -- whose families earn less than $3 per day -- were at risk to have their treatment stopped. That would have placed their survival in serious danger. AAI has provided Tamoxifen chemo medication for breast cancer and additional supplemental medicines to address debilitating physical side effects, at no cost. We could not truly succeed without Global Giving members' heartfelt donations that have played a key role in keeping the women, some of whom are mothers of young children, alive.
Dr. Roberto Paterno, Chairman of the Cancer Society states, "Going beyond the medical treatment program is much needed for breast cancer patients. Much has to do with their psychological needs. The AAI program is a welcome development since most organizations can only afford some of the total healing needs. Cancer patients are different than others because their healing period needs longer time. Thus, patients have to think positive and do activities that give them more to live for. And hopefully, prepare them for the future they most want to have."
The process of entering the second stage which involves the gradual buildup up to up to 20 small children and 30 women on long term treatment was slowed down by a world-wide production and availability shortage of key leukemia treatment medicines, which still has not been addressed adequately. [Please see attached New York Times articles.] However, AAI has received assurance from a mid-sized American pharmaceutical company which has production facilities in Asia to produce the needed medicines at a much reduced rate. Our partners at the Kythe Foundation[for children with cancer] have thus far designated 9 children with leukemia -- ranging from one to nine years old --who are preparing to start treatment [see their photos attached] as rare specialized medicine is purchased by AAI. The oncology treatment centers are at the National Children's Hospital and Santo Tomaso Hospital in Manila. In addition, the largest hospital system in the Philippines, Veterans' Hospitals, has the largest population of female cancer patients and has requested to be included as an AAI partner in the program.
While preparing the next stage of the Cancer Treatment for the Poor program, we have stepped up our treatment assistance program with the Philippines' National Institute of Health to sustain the lives of children with rare genetic diseases and hemophilia [bleeding illness] with the support of wonderful corporate donors such as Genzyme Corporation and international humanitarian foundations. AAI, our partners in the Philippines such as Kythe, as well as the women and children whose lives are being saved and are living symbols of hope, send you our profound gratitude.