• Nutritional Feeding Program for HIV Patients

    The overall goal of the project is to contribute in the improvement of the quality of life of persons living with HIV (PLHIV) by initiating a strategic approach to improve their health status through urgent nutritional support to indigents and other needy PLHIVs in the treatment facilities and communities. Hospital and home visits to them and their affected families are conducted. Aside from food and supplements, expenses for emergency medical support such as necessary laboratory fees are likewise provided, in cooperation with the hospitals to which consent for giving of confidential-data is given by the patient. Nutrition plays a key role in health and wellness of all individuals. Optimal nutrition – eating the right type and amount of food in the right combination – is a critical component of comprehensive prevention, care and treatment for individuals with HIV and AIDS. Nutrition and HIV and AIDS are cyclically related. When the body’s immune system breaks down as a result of HIV or AIDS, this can contribute to malnutrition and susceptibility to infection. These infections can result in diarrhea, malabsorption, poor appetite and weight loss. Therefore, malnutrition can contribute to and be a result of HIV disease progression. Conversely, a person who is well-nourished is more likely to maintain a stronger immune system for coping with HIV and fighting infection. Optimal nutrition is also an important component of the response to chronic diseases that are becoming increasingly prevalent among individuals with HIV and AIDS.Compared to the national population of 102 million Filipinos, a small segment of people infected with HIV (PLHIV) may be negligible. However, according to official records and observations of care-and-support organizations, there is a significant upsurge of HIV cases up to the current year, harming the productive sector of youth and young people, males having sex with males (MSM), displaced migrant workers and the troublesome people who inject drugs (PWID) at certain locations of the country. Previously in 2006-2007, there is an average one case per day, two in 2009. On the average, five cases per day has been reported, but as of November 2016 the figure climbed to a staggering one case every hour and eight seconds, or roughly 26 cases a day.

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  • TB Treatment Support to Keep Kids in School

    Children in the communities we serve are highly vulnerable to absenteeism from school due to chronic illness and lack of successful treatment. Due to their extreme poverty, highly dense communities, and the toxic environment of the dumpsites where they live, the public health services available to them are under-funded and overwhelmed with demand. Students are often unable to get the early medical attention they need or complete their treatment as medically required. As a result, our communities experience high incidences of student dropouts, grade repeaters, and underperformance when they are in school due to treatable illnesses. Two common illnesses in the children we serve is (i) the tuberculous infection called “primary complex” and upper respiratory infections, which lead to a host of other health and medical issues, especially malnutrition. Primary complex is found in children exposed to mycobacterium tuberculosis in an adult. The child remains healthy and usually has no symptoms until their immune system declines and the disease becomes active. If primary complex is left untreated, it may eventually evolve into active tuberculosis. Primary Complex is a 6 month long daily treatment at a registered health facility, which is often interrupted in the poorest patients due to financial and time constraints unless there are adequate social supports and convenient treatment centers. Medicine must be given every day for 6 months. If not, the bacteria evolves and develop into a more med-resistant kind. Children with symptomatic cases of primary complex have a compromised immune system and often require treatment for other illnesses. Children need convenient, efficient access to medical services and treatment to ensure they recover from their illness and with the least interruption to their schooling.  In our years of experience, we learned that extremely poor children need additional health and nutrition interventions to boost their school attendance and performance. We provide students with free, nutritional breakfast and lunch every school day and monitor their height and weight monthly. We also operate a clinic in our Tondo center and have mobile services in our other centers. Our health and human services and programs support our educational programs by providing psycho-social support, crisis intervention, medical care, and nutrition programs to all our students and their families living in the communities of Smokey Mountain and Barangay 105 dumpsite. What we need:Tuberculosis Medications Antibiotics Other medicines Vitamins & Supplements Anthelmintic Clinic medical supplies

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  • Make Childbirth Safer for Mothers in Palawan

    The island village of Manamoc is some 4 hours away by outrigger boat from mainland Cuyo Municipality. Whenever there are health emergencies, the government-trained midwife can only do so much first aide and have to send patients to mainland Cuyo. Oftentimes, patients die on their way to the only  District Hospital available in Cuyo. In Manamoc, a newly constructed multi-purpose facility was converted to Health Station and Birthing Clinic to comfortably cater to the basic health requirement of the island residents especially pregnant women and children. The Health Station however, needs birthing equipment to fully cater to pregnant women reducing risk of mother and infant mortality in the island.    

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  • Request for Medical Supplies for the PEARLS Health Clinic in Tondo

        In the summer of 2015, two young brothers, Mario and Marco, got food poisoned from “pagpag”. Tragically, Marco didn’t make it. His parents didn’t have the money to buy first-aid medicines; they didn’t even have money for fare to bring the two kids to the hospital. They begged neighbors to loan them money but those neighbors are just as poor as they are. Mario, up to this day, is still suffering from hunger and poverty. The tragic death of Marco compelled us to step up our efforts even further, and to go from a weekly feeding program to a daily soup kitchen. Currently, we serve breakfast for around 300 kids in Helping Land. This means the children get at least one healthy and safe meal per day, which in turn will hopefully prevent another deadly incident because of food poisoning.     Since Marco’s death, there are several other young children who died from complications of malnutrition, and mainly from extreme poverty. Project PEARLS' effort in providing one healthy meal is not enough to keep these children healthy and alive. Immediate access to free medicines and healthcare is very urgent.    These devastating events inspired Project PEARLS to implement one of its biggest projects this year – the construction of a Health Care Center in Helping Land, Tondo, Manila.     Helping Land is home to hundreds of families whose main source of livelihood is scavenging from garbage. Due to extreme poverty, a common practice among the residents is to fill their hunger by relying on “pagpag” - leftover food from restaurants that is scavenged from trash. Pagpag literally means “to shake off”, and this refers to shaking the dirt off the food. Without proper nutrition and easy access to medical services, children become victims of malnutrition, dehydration, diarrhea, colds, cough, pneumonia, and other illnesses. Project PEARLS wants to address this problem by providing free and quality health care services in the community. By giving them accessible medical services, we may be able to prevent serious diseases, and even child's death.     The Health Care Center is now almost done, and will be formally opened on July 17, 2016. To provide the needed medical services, we are in need of nonprescription medicines such as paracetamol, decongestants, ibuprofen, multivitamins, and the like.      Any kind of support – cash or in-kind donations – will certainly go a long way in caring for the health and welfare of a child.     Our wish list can be found here. 

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  • NEED: Water Line to Support 30 Families

    Isla Dela Peña may be in Naga City but it doesn’t justify that it is a thriving community. Many families try their luck moving to the cities for better opportunities however there is no guarantee. Located in Bagumbayan Norte, this community is composed of 30 families. They build their homes in the private lots of the family of the barangay captain. Request Details:- Installation of a new water connection through the Metro Naga Water District (Registered under the Barangay)- Pipes and Valves- Skilled workers' and laborer's feesCost: Php 57,500.00(A long walk outside of the community with a 6-liter bottle in hand is a common sight in this barangay)“It’s tiring to fetch water daily from the outside of the community. The kids would have to walk out daily with one or two 6-liter bottles of water. There are 7 of us in the family and we’ve been doing this for the past 15 years. Sometimes the water tastes like it has chlorine but there’s nothing we can do about it. A refill for a 6-liter bottle costs P1 each. Sometimes we cannot even afford to refill so we settle to the rusty water pumps instead. We are then met with painful stomachs and loose bowel movements, but that’s how it is,” one of the community members testifies. (Residents of this community struggle to get clean water from dated and rusty water pump)Barangay Captain Antonio Beltran shares, “my father allowed them to live in our empty lots because he pitied them. They had no home and they didn’t want their life in the provinces. Over time, their family grew and we are now trying to manage how to relocate them or encourage them to move out. But again, not everyone has the capacity to do so.” Given the opportunity to occupy the lots for the time being, the families rely on an outside water source because they are not allowed to build structures or register a legal connection to the water district. In partnership with Barangay Captain Beltran, a water system that pipes clean water to the community has been proposed. Though the provision of water will come with a fee, Barangay Captain Beltran is proposing a “bayanihan” equity, which means a commitment between the community members to support, maintain and help in the rebuilding of their community and water system as their counterpart share in the installation of the water system. The community members would be scheduled to take care and secure the cleanliness and maintenance of this better water source. **Learn more about Gawad Kalinga at www.gk1world.com :

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  • Kalusugan Nutrition on Wheels: Nutrition Services Closer to the Community

    In the recent years, the prevalence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has steadily risen and became a significantly alarming cause of mortality in the Philippines. In 2012, more than half (67%) of the total deaths in the country were caused by NCDs (WHO-NCD Country Profiles, 2014). NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases are lifestyle-related diseases that can be managed with proper health and nutrition promotion and education. However, despite the various initiatives on health promotion and education, participation is considered very low. According to the 7th National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), only 13% of the households in the Philippines attend nutrition education programs. Since 1960, the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (NFP) as a non-government organization has endeavoured to promote optimum nutrition and health of the Filipino people. Thus, as NFP’s contribution to address the NCD problem in the country, this project was conceptualized to provide nutrition counselling to individuals suffering from NCD. Since not all communities have nutrition clinics, much less not all people can afford nutrition counselling services being offered by private nutritionist-dietitians, NFP would like to reach these individuals through a mobile nutrition clinic, the Kalusugan Nutrition on Wheels (KNOW) program. As a mobile nutrition clinic, NFP will visit various communities in Metro Manila particularly those in the depressed areas to provide nutrition counselling services for free. The KNOW program aims to help this vulnerable group to improve their health and nutrition status through consumption of correct diet and adoption of healthy lifestyle practices. In December 2016, this program kicked off in Brgy. Project 6, Quezon City with 30 NCD patients counselled particularly in preparation for the holiday festivities. Your donation will support the reproduction of more IEC materials that can be used as home reference and help us reach more individuals and communities.  

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  • Sponsorship Request for Supplemental Nutrition Batang Munti Foundation Inc.

    The Batang Munti Foundation Inc. (BMF) was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 20, 1996. It was formed to provide supplemental nutrition to undernourished children of Muntinlupa City and educational scholarships in the high school and college levels.  With its goal to provide education to children who have the desire to learn but lack economic resources to do so, BMF has provided scholarships to an estimated of 1,300 recipients since its inception from Itaas Elem. School, Tunasan Elem. School, Alabang Elem. School, Lakeview Elem. School, Muntinlupa Elem. School, Muntinlupa National High School, Muntinlupa Business High School, Muntinlupa Science High School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa and various colleges.  The main programs of the Foundation are educational scholarship and supplemental nutrition. The Educational Scholarship provides allowances to highschool and college scholars every first and second semester every school year. To ensure the scholarship, these scholars must maintain their General Weighted Average of 85% and above. The Supplemental Nutrition caters to undernourished elementary beneficiaries.  In order to provide better supplemental nutrition, the Foundation measures the weight and height periodically to check the progress and with the help of Muntinlupa City Health Council, who determine what vitamins and milk to give to the beneficiaries. This school year 2016-2017, it has 50 elementary beneficiaries, of which 20 of them are still unsponsored. The Supplemental Nutrition program costs Php 5,000.00/beneficiary per school year.To know more of our story, you may view our video campaign below:

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  • Mini-hotels near large medical centers that treat cancer stricken children

    Tikva LeChaim’s Flagship Project is the planned construction of a chain of Mini-hotels near large medical centers that treat cancer stricken children all around Israel. The mini-hotels will offer family-centered lodging and support services to patients undergoing treatment and their families who are far from home. They will include fully equipped rooms where children and both parents can rest and spend time during the day when the child is having chemotherapy treatments and even overnight between chemotherapy treatments. This is an acute problem: children and their families cannot stay in the hospital nor can they return to their homes because they must stay near the hospital. In addition, this may take a long time. Hundreds of families face this situation in oncology departments. Tikva LeChaim devotes all its efforts to children going through intensive and painful chemotherapy treatments. Leaving the hospital atmosphere improves a patient’s mood and refreshes the parents, offering them a comfortable stay where they can get on with their lives, even though they cannot be at home. In addition to guest rooms, guesthouses will include a library, computer room, activity rooms, and study rooms with tutors who will help children make up missed schoolwork, a recreation center, a music room, and even a swimming pool. A dining room will serve guests high-quality meals, and cafeteria services will provide free food to families around the clock. Tikva LeChaim is involved in negotiations to purchase the land and/or infrastructure for the first Mini-hotel. As soon as that stage is over, the project can get underway. The goal is to finish construction within three / two years of purchasing the land and/or the infrastructure. This flagship project will be the first of many other similar projects to come.  South District

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