Provide primary health care for street children

by Childhope Asia Philippines, Inc. Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

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.

$35,000
total goal
$33,282
remaining
34
donors
1
monthly donor
1
year

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Resources

http:/​/​www.childhope.hope.org.ph
Official website of Childhope Philippines

Organization Information

Childhope Asia Philippines, Inc.

Location: Manila, N/A - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​www.hope.org.ph
Project Leader:
Mylene Lagman
Resource Mobilization and Communications Manager
Manila, N/A Philippines
$1,718 raised of $35,000 goal
 
68 donations
$33,282 to go
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