Childhope responds to the medical and health needs of the street children through its Mobile Health Clinic (MHC) Project, which is managed by a full-time Medical Doctor. The mobile clinic was donated in 2006 by the Rotary Club of Honolulu and Paco, complete with the necessary medical equipment to address the health and medical problems of the street children in Metro Manila. The street children & their families are financially unable to afford health services and to buy medicine on their own.
The street children often encounter difficulties in receiving assistance from public health centers and hospitals because these public facilities are usually overcrowded with a large number of community-based indigent patients, and are likewise unable to provide free or subsidized medicines. Understandably, these street children and their families are financially unable to afford health services in private health facilities and to buy medicines on their own.
The Mobile Health Clinic has been assisting hundreds of street children with medical services in the poorest areas of MetroManila every week. The MHC visiting an area at least once every two weeks to all designated areas, to conduct nutritional status monitoring, routine deworming, and health check-ups in order to diagnose medical cases and provide appropriate and individualized medical management through provision of vitamin and mineral supplementation medicines, wound care, and minor surgical.
More than the treatment of their medical conditions, the right attitude and perspective towards health is the most important impact of the Mobile Health Clinic's presence in the areas, complemented with the Junior Health Workers Project and the Primary Health Care sessions. The MHC Project, together with medical students and volunteers, also conducts small lecture-discussions on health topics pertinent to the street children such as Handwashing, Personal Hygiene, Dengue Fever etc.
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