- A remote village in the Southern Part of Palawan, catering to the underserved indigenous group of Pa’lawan tribe is adopted for Community Holistic Development Program, with on-going projects on functional literacy.
- Community-Based Tuberculosis Control Program which established a Public-Private Mix Directly Observed Treatment Short course (PPM-DOTS) Center, sustainable program that focuses on involving the private health practitioners and the community in the DOTS strategy of treating tuberculosis.
- Rural Urban Poor Project in Malabon
- Continuing Monitoring and Evaluation of the Community Development Projects in:
- Mangingisda, Puerto Princesa City-Malaria Control Project
- Amas, Brooke’s Point- water project, literacy program
- Networking with local government and other agencies: ALAYKA, DOH-ICHSP,DOH-IPHP,PNNI, PTFPP, KLM, WHO
- Development and Improvement of Health materials for community
- Leadership Module Development for different sectors and people groups
- Medical-Dental Clinics: 8-10 clinics per year since 1988. Areas served:
- Local: Cagayan; Baler, Aurora; Guimba, Cabanatuan, Talugto: Nueva Ecija, Pampamga, Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon: Divinubo Island, Borongan, Basey: Eastern Samar: Magkasungan, Babatngon, Matin-ao, Buraeun, Leyte; St. Bernard, Southern Leyte; Solano Nueva Viscaya; Atok, Benguet, Matnog, Sorsogon and all municipalities of Palawan.
RECRUITED & TRAINED VOLUNTEERS
- Since 1986, there are at least 137 Professional Volunteer Workers who were trained and sent out to approximately 50 municipalities in Samar, Leyte, Palawan, Quezon, Cagayan Valley, Iloilo, and Nueva Ecija; and collectively to more than 50 villages in India, Indonesia, Brunei, Sri Lanka, China and Nepal.
TRAINING OF LOCAL LEADERS
- At least 200 trainings were conducted to local leaders, students and local people, which involved Community Holistic Development Program, Community Based Malaria Control Program, Water and Latrine Projects, Nutrition Program, Vegetable Garden Project, Healthy Home Project, Leadership Training, Staff Development Trainings, Soap-Making, Cogon-Grass Paper Making, Shell Craft Project, Natural Farming, Health Lectures and Tutorials. One important sector that ARP trains are the students and new professionals. These individuals are trained in leadership, compassion for the needy, love for God and love for their country. Summer projects provide students and professionals opportunities to share their skills and knowledge to rural and difficult to reach communities.
ORGANIZED AND MOBILIZED COMMUNITIES
- Local people are chosen by the community to form their health committee or project committee. The Health Committee (HC) help in the selection of Community Health Worker (CHW) who are subsequently trained by the ARP volunteers to take the leadership of the local health program. There are at least 15 organized community health committees that helped to ensure local ownership and sustainability for health care and services in the community. They were taught with values of self-governance and equipping with the basic ropes of leadership which gives the community better chance of survival and sustainability.
IMPLEMENTED COMMUNITY PROJECTS
1. Community-Based Malaria Control Program (CBMCP)
- The early endeavor of ARP to implement a CBMCP was in Barangay Mangingisda, Puerto Princesa City. A unique component of the project was the successful training of community health workers in malaria microscopy. A first in Philippine health history. The CBMCP led to a marked decrease in the number of mortality and morbidity due to malaria. In one instance, this project has achieved a reduction to 0% of the yearly malaria cases. This innovative and sustainable project made way for the province of Palawan to replicate a province-wide CBMCP program and made Barangay Mangingisda as its showcase pilot area implementing a successful CBMCP. The works of ARP in the remote municipality of Igang-Igang, Bataraza in the implementation of CBMCP resulted in the decrease of malaria cases from 93% to 4%. This effort was acknowledged by the Provincial Government of Palawan by awarding Barangay Igang-Igang as the Most Outstanding Barangay in implementing CBMCP. For the past year, ARP is spearheading a malaria control project in Barangay Amas, Brooke’s Point, Palawan. ARP desires to reduce the incidence of malaria among the Pa’lawan Tribe.
2. Water system and Latrine projects:
- ARP in close working relationship with ICHSP and the community of Sarong, Bataraza installed two deep wells, 11 hand pumps and 326 sanitary toilet in this far-flung southern municipality. These projects benefited the unserved Molbog and Palawan tribe. Underway is another water and latrine project that will cater to the needs of the 440 household of Amas, Brooke’s Point, Palawan. Diarrhea cases has been reported by the Community health workers and the Municipal Health Officer to have decreased.
3. Community-Based Tuberculosis Control Program (CB-TBCP):
- ARP with grants coming from USAID through Philippine Tuberculosis Initiative for the Private Sector (PhilTIPS) aimed to reduce the mortality and morbidity due to Tuberculosis in five barangays in Puerto Princesa City. This was done through the two-pronged approach: the establishment of a Private-Public Mix (PPM)-DOTS Center in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and the implementation of a CB-TBCP in Barangay Matahimik. The endeavors of ARP resulted in the enrollment of 50 TB patients for supervised treatment, motivated 19 trained private physicians to refer to the PPMDOTS Center and trained 12 health workers in the identification, prevention, and treatment of Tuberculosis. These health workers were also trained to be partners of ARP in the supervision and close monitoring of enrolled TB patients. The PPM-DOTS and the CB-TBCP strategies has been shown to successfully control Tuberculosis, a major health problem in our country.
4. Nutrition Program:
- In order to improve the health of the Pal’awan tribe, ARP started a feeding program among the malnourished children aged 5 years old and below. A total of 91 children are attending a once a week feeding session and in the six months of implementation, 54 of them are improving. Mothers have been taught and encouraged to have their own vegetable gardens to ensure that healthy and nutritious foods will always be available for the family.
5. Functional Literacy:
- ARP believes that health is multi-faceted and not just the physical aspect. The importance of education in the wellness of any individual cannot be over emphasized. Hence, ARP undertook the task of implementing an educational program among the illiterate Pal’awan tribe. ARP Volunteers are now training 87 adults, youth and children in functional literacy and facilitated the enrollment of 18 Pal’awan students in formal school through the Educational Assistance Program.
DEVELOPED TRAINING MATERIALS
- Transferable, appropriate and simple materials are developed by ARP and used for enhancing the capabilities of the community. ARP also developed its own Training Manual for training volunteers and local workers using participatory and adult methods for effective learning process. 15-Health Picture Booklets have been developed and utilized successfully among illiterates and people with minimal schooling.
- Using the materials developed by ARP, health educations are constantly being conducted to communities. Health topics as well as skills to improve and promote well being are taught using stories, lectures, drama and other creative way of communicating information. Most of the health lectures deals with the causation, prevention and treatment of common diseases like cough and colds, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhea and malnutrition. Health billboards are also installed on strategic places within the community to constantly remind them of health issues and how to cope with these issues. Health Day Celebration, which includes activities like cooking, education campaigns, lectures and healthy home contest are also conducted in the adopted communities of ARP.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINICS
- Health clinics are conducted to serve as training grounds for the CHWs and the Health Committee members. It is also designed to meet pressing health needs that cannot be handled by the CHWs. It also opens opportunities for future and deeper involvement in the community. Through the volunteers a minimum of 20 medical and dental clinics per year are conducted in 5 regions, serving at least 150 people per clinic. Health classes are conducted during clinics to emphasize the preventive and promotive aspects of health care.
- The task of true health development is not easy. It will need the concerted effort of both the government and non-government organizations. The community is taught how to tap local and outside resources to help meet their needs. The use and maximization of local resources is emphasized. Through networking with government and non-government community projects such as toilet construction for the whole community, deep-wells, hand pumps, health centers, malaria microscopy trainings, cogon-grass paper making and shell craft-making have become a reality resulting in improved quality of life.
Beneficiaries through this Concerted Effort
(a) Since 1986, there are At least 56,000 underprivileged individuals, including women, children and people at productive age were given immediate medical and dental care, and were taught Preventive and promotive health care.
(b) 15 organized community health committees, who served as frontliners serving to more or less 4,500 households or 27,000 individuals, including indigenous and tribal groups of the Philippines, such as Tagbanuas, Tao’t Bato, Pal’awan, Batak, Molbogs, and Badjaos.
(c) 4,000 local people (leaders, Students, Professionals and ordinary citizens) were equipped with basic leadership and management skills for Holistic community development.