Provide primary health care for street children

by Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc
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Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Provide primary health care for street children
Primary healthcare session using KalyEskwela van.
Primary healthcare session using KalyEskwela van.

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.

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Always wear your mask properly, especially in crowded or poorly ventilated areas of your school. Do not remove your mask even while inside the toilet. Minimize touching your mask, except to adjust it to cover your mouth and nose.
  3. Maintain physical distancing, especially during recess and lunch breaks when you need to remove your mask to eat or drink.
  4. Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water, or disinfect with alcohol if it is available. Avoid unnecessarily touching surfaces in common areas. Wash or disinfect your hands after using something shared or borrowed.
  5. If possible, avoid sharing things such as pencils, ballpens, and combs. If you need to borrow, disinfect the item before using it, and disinfect it again before returning it. If you lend an item, disinfect it once it is returned to you.
  6. Minimize touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  7. If you have any symptoms related to COVID-19, stay at home and consult a doctor or ask assistance from your barangay. If you get symptoms while in school, inform your teacher immediately and follow the school protocol. Symptoms of COVID-19 include ANY of the following: cough, colds, itchy or sore throat, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, headache, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and loss or decrease in sense of smell or taste.
  8. Stay healthy to better fight an infection. Avoid unhealthy food. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Practice good hygiene. Take vitamins if available.

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.

Street Educator Ace held his session at the park.
Street Educator Ace held his session at the park.
Teacher Fe using KalyEskwela for her session.
Teacher Fe using KalyEskwela for her session.
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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.

Medical Consultations.

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:

  • Treatment and prevention of the patient’s specific illness
  • Proper hygiene and diet
  • Basic health protocols during the pandemic to prevent COVID-19 infection
  • The need for isolation/quarantine and swab tests for possible COVID-19 cases
  • Need for coordination or self-reporting to the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team or BHERT for possible COVID-19 cases

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:

  • Reusable cloth masks or disposable surgical masks
  • Reusable face shields
  • 70% Alcohol
  • Soap
  • Bleach

Disabilities and Fatalities.

Until December 2021, there were no fatalities, and no disabilities among the beneficiaries of Childhope Philippines.

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Partner with Us and Together Let’s Raise Awareness on the Importance of Health

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.

Utilizing online platform for health consultations
Utilizing online platform for health consultations
Monthly face-to-face health monitoring
Monthly face-to-face health monitoring
Patients received their medicines after checkups.
Patients received their medicines after checkups.
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Primary health care session to street youth
Primary health care session to street youth

ChildhopePhilippines conducted a webinar last September 21, 2021, to raise awareness on the importance of health and promote facts to bring guidance to parents, social workers, educators, and other sectors of the society to keep children healthy and learning.

Health education is important in building a better society. This is because healthy citizens work and interact with others better. This is especially important in this time of the pandemic. Hence, there are programs from different organizations that focus on giving people the tips and facts they need to know to protect themselves from the virus.

Importance of Health toward Overall Wellness

Knowing the importance of health should be manifested in a change of lifestyle. This includes healthy routines such as exercising, meditating, eating right, and having habits that promote overall wellness—both physical and mental.

1. Achieve Better Immunity

Staying active helps you stay in shape, manage your weight, boost immunity, and increase your energy level. If you want to stay healthy, you need to make an effort to eat healthy food and exercise regularly. On that note, you should get at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio workout.

2. Improve Mood

Having a healthy lifestyle fuel you to be energetic. This boosts your mood and confidence. Plus, when you’re feeling healthy, you can have a better outlook in life because you have the strength to face and overcome stress.

3. Boost Energy

As mentioned earlier, when you take care of your overall health, it will boost your energy. You can achieve this by having a balanced diet, doing regular exercise, and sleeping right.

4. Prevent Diseases

It’s no secret that if we don’t want to get sick, we need to make an effort to take care of our overall health. Thus, if you want to prevent diseases such as high cholesterol, diabetes, heart diseases, and chronic pain, a healthy lifestyle is the key.

5. Live Longer Life

People want to have a longer healthy life. Hence, it’s important to put emphasis on living a lifestyle with a proper diet and healthy routine. You can achieve longevity if you decide to live healthy by adopting new healthy habits. Joining a fitness club and nutrition classes are some ways to form this kind of habit.

Education for Health and Well-Being

Promoting health and well-being can be achieved if people are educated about its importance and impact on society.

According to the Global Education Monitoring Report of UNESCO, when mothers know the importance of health, children’s nutrition and vaccination rates increase while the number of maternal mortality, child deaths, and HIV decreases. This data encourages non-profit organizations and other sectors to organize projects that promote awareness of the importance of health.

What is Health Education

In order to have a healthy society, organizations should focus on health education. This is because it gives citizens the idea of what it’s like to be healthy. In addition, it’s a good strategy to inform them of the risks they can experience if they don’t take health seriously.

Here’s a quick rundown of platforms you can use to promote health education.

  • Seminars
  • Webinars
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Classes
  • Social media

Ways to Promote Health Education

  • Plan learning activities for street children and mothers in the community
  • Provide information on ways to have healthy habits
  • Do a needs analysis in order to identify the resources the community needs
  • Implement programs that raise awareness on the importance of health education
  • Organize lectures and seminars to keep the citizens educated on facts about health

The Importance of Health Education

As previously stated, health education promotes a healthy lifestyle and raises awareness about the importance of health. This can be done when professionals take part in educating people on what they can do to have a healthier life.

Health education doesn’t just happen in schools. There are many groups that offer free seminars to rural areas aiming to reach communities so that they can benefit from being informed about health. Moreover, there are professionals, especially educators, who take time to study the health needs of the community to give proper intervention.

When citizens are well-informed about the importance of health education, they could have a healthier life. This results in fewer patients in the hospital. Public health centers and hospitals will not be too crowded. There won’t be a scarcity of free medicines. Additionally, people will have the ability to work, which is a big help to the economy.

Nurturing Knowledge: Street Educators, Social Worker Participates COVID-19 Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of children and families in different countries. Because of this, Childhope Philippines is making an effort to bring awareness and promote facts over fear. They do this by guiding parents, social workers, and educators with the right information and resources and working closely with frontline workers.

In the hopes of helping street children and all the members of the society, Childhope Philippines conducted a webinar, COVID-19 Updates: Aligning our Basic Knowledge on COVID-19. This was spearheaded by Dr. Carpio, the project coordinator of KliniKalyeMobile Health Clinic.

The webinar discusses a conceptual landscape on which attendees construct a valid understanding of COVID-19 and its preventive measures. Its goal is to educate and update the staff, educators, and social workers on the latest news and resources about COVID-19 and tips to fight against the virus. On the other hand, Childhope Philippines also puts emphasis on the importance of getting the vaccine in this time of the pandemic.

As one of the advocates of health education, Childhope Philippines tackles the roles of the vaccine in preventing the spread of the virus. This helped the attendees realize it builds a safer environment for adults and children.

Furthermore, they ensure the safety of their staff by getting them vaccinated. This is also for the well-being of the street children and the people they work with. “We must do everything we can to safeguard the future of the next generation, which starts with safeguarding those responsible for their development and wellbeing.” Dr. Carpio, Executive Director of Childhope Philippines.

Partner with Us and Together Let’s Raise Awareness on the Importance of Health

The theCOVID-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 our volunteers. Second, you can show your support by pledging a donation. Contact us today to learn more about our advocacies.

Regualr check up of kids through Klinikalye
Regualr check up of kids through Klinikalye
Distribution of healthy soup to street children.
Distribution of healthy soup to street children.
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Actual footage of the webinar
Actual footage of the webinar

MANILA, Philippines - The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their families across the globe. Childhope Philippines Foundation is working to promote facts over fear, bringing reliable guidance to parents, social workers, and educators, and partnering with front-line responders to ensure they have the information and resources they need to keep children healthy and learning.

Childhope Philippines conducted an engaging and informative webinar on "COVID-19 Updates: Aligning our Basic Knowledge on COVID-19" on September 21 via Zoom.  Klinikalye Mobile Health Clinic Project Coordinator Dr. Caprio spearheaded the webinar and tackles a conceptual landscape on which attendees construct a valid understanding of COVID-19 and its preventive measures.

The objectives of the webinar were to update the knowledge of its staff, street educators, and social workers on the latest COVID-19 news and resources, as well as tips to protect themselves, families, and their street children clientele from the virus.

Also, Dr. Carpio addressed the role of the vaccine in workplace COVID-19 prevention which helped the attendees to sort through information, fears, and mistrust and use it to build safer environments for workers and street children beneficiaries. More importantly, why the vaccine will not be an immediate answer for preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and what that means for staying true to the industrial hygiene hierarchy of controls.

On the other hand, Childhope Philippines is one with the nation in advocating for COVID vaccination and actively campaigns for its older beneficiaries to get vaccinated. To help ensure the safety and well-being of street children and their families in the Philippines, Childhope Philippines street educators, social workers, and office-based staff get their Covid19 vaccines not only to protect themselves but also their families and the children they serve.

“We must do everything we can to safeguard the future of the next generation, which starts with safeguarding those responsible for their development and wellbeing.” Dr. Carpio, Executive Director of Childhope Philippines.

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In line with nutrition month, Childhope Philippines Foundation rolls out a mobile soup kitchen, Kalyenderia, which aims to provide nutritious hot meals to street children beneficiaries and their families.

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, food security has been a major concern for people who earn a living on the streets of Metro Manila. Living mostly by hand-to-mouth, poor families find it difficult to earn income to support basic needs amidst the restrictions. Continuous rains and subsequent flooding further aggravated their situation—displacing most street families without means to earn a living and provide enough food for their families.

With Kalyenderia, the beneficiaries are assured of receiving at least one hot nutritious meal in a day to give them a boost in energy to learn or work. On its pilot run, the Kalyenderia was able to provide food, which they shared with their families, for at least 100 street children in the area of Lawton. The same children are participants of the alternative education sessions of Childhope’s Street Education and Protection (STEP) Program.

For donations and other concerns, you may get in touch with us through email at igivehope@childhope.org.ph or through our mobile number 09171005303.

Complete materials and ingredients for Kalyenderia
Complete materials and ingredients for Kalyenderia
Parents leaders helps to distribute soup meal.
Parents leaders helps to distribute soup meal.
Street kids quickly lined up at the Kalyenderia
Street kids quickly lined up at the Kalyenderia
Street educator handing over the hot meal to a kid
Street educator handing over the hot meal to a kid

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