Childhope Philippines' Mobile Health Clinic, also known as the KliniKalye, is an integral part of the organization's mission to provide essential medical care and assistance to street children and underserved youth in Metro Manila. The clinic aims to improve the overall health and well-being of these vulnerable individuals, ensuring they receive the necessary medical attention they require. This accomplishment report highlights the clinic's achievements from January to May 2023.
1. Medical Consultations and Assistance:
During the specified period, Childhope Philippines' KliniKalye Mobile Health Clinic conducted a total of 498 medical consultations. These consultations involved assessing the health conditions of street children and underserved youth, providing them with appropriate medical care, and offering essential medicines and medical supplies to alleviate their health concerns.
2. Assisted Referrals:
Childhope Philippines' Mobile Health Clinic facilitated 42 assisted referrals, ensuring that street children/ youth received comprehensive care beyond the clinic's capabilities. The breakdown of these referrals is as follows:
3. Permanent Disability due to Negligence or Delayed Assistance:
It is worth noting that Childhope Philippines' Mobile Health Clinic successfully prevented any cases of permanent disability due to negligence or delayed assistance. The clinic's commitment to providing timely and effective healthcare services ensured that no street children/ youth experienced lasting disability due to lack of attention or support.
4. Death due to Negligence or Delayed Assistance:
Childhope Philippines' Mobile Health Clinic maintained a record of zero deaths resulting from negligence or delayed assistance. Through their proactive approach and dedication to prompt medical care, the clinic played a significant role in preserving the lives of street children and underserved youth in Metro Manila.
Childhope Philippines' KliniKalye or Mobile Health Clinic remains dedicated to its mission of delivering essential medical care and assistance to street children and underserved youth in Metro Manila. The accomplishments from January to May 2023 reflect the clinic's continuous efforts to improve the overall health and well-being of these marginalized individuals. By providing medical consultations, essential medicines, and facilitating assisted referrals, the clinic strives to ensure that no child or youth is left without the care they deserve. The absence of permanent disability or deaths resulting from negligence or delayed assistance demonstrates the clinic's commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of its beneficiaries. Childhope Philippines' Mobile Health Clinic will continue to make a positive impact in the lives of street children, helping them lead healthier and more hopeful futures.
Through primary healthcare sessions, the Childhope Philippines Foundation educates and raises awareness among street girls and youth about puberty and menstruation hygiene management for their health and well-being. This session assists adolescent girls in overcoming the social stigma associated with menstruation by providing the necessary information, products, and services.
We hold a series of awareness workshops in our 14 communities on a regular basis to target schoolgirls, adolescent girls, and especially out-of-school youth girls.
From the 13th to the 17th of February 2023, our street educators held an awareness session using the KalyEskwela, a mobile education van equipped with audio visual equipment that our street educators use to teach alternative education on the streets, and sensitized targeted street girls about healthy menstrual habits and the importance of hygiene during menstruation. It was both an introductory and activity-based session, with street educators demonstrating healthy hand washing practices and the use of sanitary napkins to avoid germs.
More than 100 young and adolescent street girls from our program attended and learned from these concurrent sessions. After attending the sessions and discussing their thoughts with the street educators, participants appeared happy and confident.
According to Dr. Herbert Carpio, Executive Director of Childhope Philippines, supporting menstrual health and hygiene will help millions of girls gain access to education, protect them from discrimination, and ensure their well-being.
"Girls, in particular, are at risk of missing out on learning or being unable to participate in class when they have their period," Dr. Carpio explained. "Managing menstruation for children without homes becomes very difficult due to a lack of adequate resources and support, and these challenges are exacerbated in times of emergencies and disasters, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic," he added.
Dr. Josefina Carpio, KliniKalye Mobile Health Clinic Coordinator of Childhope Philippines, said the physical, emotional, and social aspects of girls' overall health are at risk when it comes to menstrual health and hygiene.
"Many girls face restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating," Evelyn, a 14-year-old girl, said.
"Because we live on the road and don't have a regular and proper comfort room that we can use to clean our bodies on a daily basis, we don't think about these things anymore; whenever I have my menstrual period, I can only change my napkin once a day or I end up using public bathrooms at gas stations to wash up. But today after attending the session I was pleased and thanked the Childhope PH team for spreading awareness towards a very important topic" Evelyn added.
How can you help?
Women’s Day is here and we have an amazing opportunity to empower young girls by providing them with the resources they need to live a healthier, stay in school and live a more comfortable life.
We are passionate about making a difference for young girls at Childhope Philippines Foundation, and we are banding together to help support our cause this Women's Day. Our goal is to make safe menstrual products available to girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Reusable pads and menstrual cups are a more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and comfortable alternative to disposable pads.
If you wish to do something in honour of women's day, please consider blessing an underpriviledged girl child with a reusable sanitary pad or menstrual cup.
Your donation will make all the difference. Your generous gift will bring comfort and security in the lives of many underprivileged girls.
Vision is the most important sense. It affects our ability to learn, to concentrate and to perform cognitive tasks.
Unfortunately, many children from poor families do not have access to regular eye care. This can cause a number of problems including reduced ability to follow instructions and work cooperatively with others as well as decreased reading comprehension ability. Most children who require glasses do not have them because of financial constraints, language barriers, unresponsive health bureaucracies, or the simple lack of eye care professionals in their community.
The street children we work with come from poor families and have limited access to basic necessities. They often struggle with health issues such as cataracts, which can lead to a range of vision problems.
We are excited to report that we have been able to help street children at school see clearly. Through the KliniKalye Mobile Health Clinic, we are working towards this vision by giving them glasses, which will help them see better. They will be able to read their books and study for exams more easily. This will aslo help them become more focused on their studies, so that they can succeed in life.
Dr. Carpio, Project Coordinator at KliniKalye, explains why they are incorporating this initiative into KliniKalye. “Health services we give from KliniKalye are a powerful tool for providing access to care that all children deserve. We know that children who have access to vision care do better academically in school. Helping kids who need glasses is a simple yet effective way to boost their educational and economic progress.”
"We provide free eye exams and eye glasses for children in need. We ensured that every child had a pair of prescription eyeglasses and one pair of non-prescription glasses. The non-prescription glasses were given out to those who needed them most, including those who are blind, or have some other vision problem such as cataracts or glaucoma." Dr. Carpio said.
The goal is to give street children the opportunity to attend school without worrying about how they will see when they get there. We hope that by ensuring that these children are able to thrive in their education, we will be able to create a better future for them.
Take a look at the Thank You messages from street children and youth who have already received their eye glasses.
We'd like to express our gratitude once more for your ongoing support of this program, which helps many street children who would otherwise be unable to attend school due to a lack of proper eye care and other health concerns. Please continue to support our cause by spreading the word to your family, friends, and social networks.
Back to school means health safety for children in the Philippines during a COVID-19 crisis.
As Childhope Philippines continue its mission of promoting children’s rights and helping to provide the urgent basic necessities of street children, the organization is running a back-to-school health information campaign to keep kids safe from COVID-19 infection. The campaign will teach their schooled-children beneficiaries how to wash their hands properly, wear masks safely and etc. while they are traveling to and from school.
Poor children are more likely to suffer from the consequences of the COVID19 outbreak.
Since the pandemic, life circumstances have become more difficult for many families due to unemployment and low income levels. As more people work outside the home, children are increasingly left alone, leading them to be vulnerable at large when they are out in public areas. These factors have led to an increase in child neglect cases across the country.Unfortunately, street children are not getting much needed support to continue their education and are also left out from health prevention campaigns during this crisis. Our recent study shows that about 48 percent of street children had respiratory illness but only 40% sought medical attention because of misinformation due to lack of health campaign.
Primary healthcare sessions for street children and youth.
It's important to understand the importance of health care and how it affects your life. This session will empower street children by providing them with knowledge and some easy to follow guidelines on protecting their own health. Childhope Philippines just recently add in their primary health sessions the COVID-19 Prevention module as a health prevention campaign for their street children and youth clients who will be back to school this next school year. The project aims to teach and provide children with accurate information through a fun and creative learning materials and sessions using the KalyEskwela mobile vans.
Moreover, Childhope Philippines’ KliniKalye Mobile Health Project Officer, Dr. Carpio, listed safety precautions to help children keep safe in school.
Aside from empowering street children by teaching them how to keep themselves hygienic at all times during this pandemic, Childhope Philippines has other ways to combat the malnutrition, mental health issues, and health concerns borught by the pandemic. The organization has been providing daily meals and snacks to students who have been without proper nourishment since schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic through KalyenDeria Mobile Soup Kitchen and #DeliveringHope Project. Childhope Philippines also offered psycho-social support carried by their social workers and other health services such as medication distribution, referral assistance, and consultations under the KliniKalye Mobile Health Clinic.
You can help us in advocating for the healthcare of street children and ensure their health and safety at school. Your support is more important now than ever before because it will ensure that street children will not be forgotten especially in times of crisis. Let’s all work together to create safe school environments that foster learning. Make an impact on the lives of children in need by volunteering or supporting our cause through donations.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all aspects of life in Metro Manila, as it has in all parts of the world since it started more than a year ago. The biggest impact of the pandemic to the street children and their families resulted from (1) the community quarantine and its effects on livelihood and access to basic needs such as food and supplies, especially of the informal sector or daily-waged employees, (2) its effects on education, (3) rampant disinformation in social media, and (4) poor access to health care brought about by fear and lack of resources. While the different activities and projects under Childhope’s Street Education and Protection Program have adapted to the changes brought about by the restrictions enforced by the government, the KliniKalye also continued to provide primary health services to Childhope’s beneficiaries.
From July to December 2021, a total of three hundred and fifty five (355) health services were provided to Childhope’s beneficiaries and their family members.
Sex and Age Distribution of Patients.
For this quarter, fifty seven percent (57%) of patients were female, while the remaining forty three percent (43%) were male. This trend of having slightly more female patients has been consistent for years.
Majority of the patients for this quarter were between seven (7) to eleven (11) years old, accounting for thirty three percent (33%) of all patients. Twenty five percent (25%) were patients twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years old. Nine percent (9%) were eighteen to twenty one (21) years old, corresponding to the older beneficiaries under the Educational Assistance Project for college and/or Vocational and Technical Skills Training Project, as well as former beneficiaries. The remaining thirty one percent (31%) comprised children six (6) years old and below, most of which were siblings of beneficiaries or children of former beneficiaries. Lastly, two percent (2%) were those patients more than twenty one (21) years old, who were mostly older siblings or parents of beneficiaries, or former beneficiaries.
During this pandemic, most consultations were conducted through telemedicine, utilizing online platforms or simple mobile phone calls. Face-to-face consultations were carried out only when urgent and necessary, following very strict health protocols. Medical referrals for diagnostic tests, check-ups with specialists, or emergency treatment, were still carried out by social workers, following all necessary health protocols.
During consultations, beneficiaries also underwent one- on-one medical counselling as each case warranted. Some of the topics discussed with the Physician included the following:
Medicines and Medical Supplies.
After telemedicine consultation, patients received their medicines and/or medical supplies (for wound care) at least a day after. These were endorsed to the patients’ respective street educators, who then handed the items over to the patients directly, or through youth leaders, parents, or other community leaders. Special precautions were done in order to avoid close contact between the patients with COVID-19 related symptoms, and those bringing the medicines.
Supplements and Hygiene Kits.
Supplements and hygiene kits were regularly provided to Childhope’s beneficiaries. Supplements included Vitamin C with Zinc, Iron, and/or Multivitamins and Minerals. These were given after consultations to correct and prevent micronutrient deficiencies due to poor diet, to improve and maintain nutritional status, to strengthen their immune system, and to hasten their recovery from illnesses. The supplements were given together with the needed medicines and/or medical supplies.
Supplements were also included in the hygiene kits that were distributed together with relief goods. These hygiene kits also contained the following:
Disabilities and Fatalities.
Until December 2021, there were no fatalities, and no disabilities among the beneficiaries of Childhope Philippines.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected not only Filipinos, but also people across the globe. That’s why as a movement, it’s one of our missions to help Filipinos, especially the street children, to have a better life. We do this by providing projects for the youth such as KalyEskwela, KliniKalye,Street Youth Empowerment Project, and Kalyenderia Mobile Soup Kitchen.
We want you to take part in this goal and join our cause. How? There are two ways you can help: First, you can sign up and be one of ourvolunteers. Second, you can show your support by pledging a donation. Contact us today to learn more about our advocacies.
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