Tanjung Elementary mini-nurse helps weigh student
In 2016, Asia America Initiative made a commitment to provide scholarships, books, and other learning materials to support 50 Muslim girls in Sulu to achieve a nursing degree and license to practice the healing profession. In the past 3 years, we have surpassed that goal by supporting more than 225 students to become registered nurses and midwives and revitalized degree programs at both Sulu State College and Mindanao State University.
At the elementary school level Asia America Initiative, in partnership with the School Nurses of Sulu, the Nursing School of Mindanao State University, the Jolo Fire Department [Bureau of Fire Protection], and the National Red Cross, hopes to inspire students to become part of the nursing or first-responder profession. We have organized and funded the training of more than 500 elementary and high school students in approximately 55 schools to become volunteer Little Nurses. They receive a "go" backpack with basic first aid items and a bright orange vest that will identify them in a large crowd.
Dire poverty, armed conflict, classrooms without books or chairs and lack of quality public health facilities has led Sulu in the Autonomous Muslim Region in Mindanao to be considered as one of the most impoverished regions of the world by the United Nations. Sulu, currently under martial law, is considered the most underdeveloped province in Mindanao. Any hope of higher education seems out of the realm of possibility for most of the 400,000 school children in Sulu. With less than 20 doctors for some 1 million residents of the province, nurses are often the lead health care providers.
"We highly value our young nurses," says Tanjung Elementary School Nurse Monira, RN. "They participate in all of our health and hygiene programs in the school where we have more than 1,400 pupils. In case of an emergency inside their classroom, they can immediately assist a sick or hurt child. Their role is to intervene until the school nurse can arrive."
I asked Little Nurse Sarhada, a fifth-grader at Tanjung Elementary, why she volunteered to become a Little Nurse. She responded with a big smile: "I want to help other people, and how to cure any type of pain. I want to show my gratitude for all the blessings I have received. Like for example, if another student stumbles and falls down, I will rescue that student. I want to share the lessons I have learned by being a Little Nurse."
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