Helping People Afford Basic Healthcare

by LOVE FOR LIFE FOUNDATION OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN PHYSICIANS IN AMERICA
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Prosthetic Fittings
Prosthetic Fittings

The following is an e-postcard from Sandra Dickison, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines.

Traveling over 6 hours, Pampanga resident Joey brought her 4 year-old daughter, Princess, to the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Clinic on June 25th.  When we first met Princess she seemed like a typical kid - shy around foreigners, close to her mother, and tired from the journey.  However, Princess was born without a foot and on Tuesday, at the Clinic, she was being fitted for her first prosthetic which would allow her to walk and play with the other kids in her town.

Ana and I had the opportunity to visit the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Clinic which is supported by the Love for Life Foundation of Philippine American Physicians in America.   The clinic provides an array of basic medical services to the poor from the Pampanaga region which is north of Manila.  From cataract surgeries to a birthing center, the Clinic is run by a dedicated staff and supported by volunteer doctors. 

We spent the morning visiting with staff and nurses, learning about the 30+ cataract surgeries they had already performed – free of charge – to residents in the area.   Robbie and Jerome, the prosthetic technicians, gave us a tour of the prosthetic lab where they cast, mold, and create prosthetic legs which are free to those who need them.  Robbie himself was also a recipient of a prosthetic leg.

Throughout the morning, during our meetings and tour, people were already arriving for the bi-monthly prosthetic screening which would begin at 2:00.  Many, like Joey and Princess, traveled a great distance and waited for hours in the hot room meet with the doctor.  Ana and I visited with patients and all of them were smiling, excited to be at the Clinic and ready to get fitted for a prosthetic.  Young and old, by the time the screening began about 40 people were in line to be fitted.

While Ana and I were impressed by the Clinic’s organization and services, we were blown away by their dedication to the community.  Observing the screening, we could not help but think how Princess’ life would change with the help of the Clinic and the Love for Life Foundation.

Ana with Joey and her family
Ana with Joey and her family
The technicians showing us the prosthetic
The technicians showing us the prosthetic
The nurses in the cataract surgery room
The nurses in the cataract surgery room
Receiving instructions before prosthetic fittings
Receiving instructions before prosthetic fittings
The technicians in front of the foot molds
The technicians in front of the foot molds
Mrs. Joan A. Datu with patients
Mrs. Joan A. Datu with patients

We recently hosted the members of the GlobalGiving team at the JADMC. They toured the Prosthetics Department, led by two fully trained and liensed prosthetics manufacturers who follow patients from start to finish. They first custom fit each patient, make the prosthetics themselves, then refer them to the rehabilitation department so the recipient is educated about care and proper use.The cataract services are going strong, with hundreds (and this goes for prosthetics as well) of patients traveling from all parts of central Luzon, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago, at their own expense so they can apply for prosthetics or cataract surgery. Services are free of charge to eligible candidates. Thank you to the Kapampangan Development Foundation, local rotary clubs, and private donors donors like yourselves for making this possible.

Sylvia Ordonez of the KDF
Sylvia Ordonez of the KDF

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Prosthetics fitting
Prosthetics fitting

This report will focus on the Prosthetics program. In 2012, 110 below the knee prosthetics were manufactured at the JADMC and distributed to the needy. We completed construction for the rehabilitation center and physical therapists from Arellano University have commenced the rehabilitation program. We have two fulltime prosthetics technicians and are training two more.

Our plans for 2013 include:

  • target for 190 below the knee prosthetics
  • establishment of a sach foot factory
  • equipment purchase is ongoing
  • expand the workplace for the technicians
  • establish contactabroad for above the knee components through the Red Cross

We are proud to announce that the JADMC is one, if not the only, Disability Center for the indigent in all of Southeast Asia.

Cataract Screening
Cataract Screening

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.

 

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LOVE FOR LIFE FOUNDATION OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN PHYSICIANS IN AMERICA

Location: Ledyard, Connecticut - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.theloveforlife.org
Project Leader:
Joycelyn Datu
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Ledyard, Connecticut United States
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