Saturday, March 31, 2012

VYLH, NSCs celebrate Araw ng Buntis 2012

Written by Ryan John Pascual, Marian Cuenca, RN , Anna Leah Millares, RN, and Jasper Jover, RN

In celebration of the National Pregnant Women’s Day last March 10, VYLH-Philippines in partnership with Newborn Screening Center – NIH, Visayas and Mindanao joined the Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (POGS) in their “Araw ng Buntis” activity with the theme “Maabilidad na P-nay, Malusog na Nanay”. This annual event is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 569 which was signed in 2004.

VYLH-Philippines was able to participate in three key locations nationwide – Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City; Robinsons Iloilo, Iloilo City; and Ateneo de Davao University – Grade School Campus, Matina, Davao City. Hundreds of pregnant women in these key locations were able to attend the said event. POGS was kind enough to provide a booth for VYLH-Philippines where volunteers were able to present and distribute information and promotional materials on the importance of Folic acid supplementation in the prevention of birth defects, and Newborn Screening. A signature campaign for the enactment of a Rare Disease Act was also done during the event. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baby Making 101: A Personal Touch of Empathy for Babies with Rare Orphan Diseases

Written by Joan Mae Barredo*

Naughty grins underline the faces of the participants upon hearing the activity’s title. Various side comments here and there are evident in the venue for about, say, 30 seconds or so. And then, 30 minutes after, what remains is that emphatic look of compassion in their eyes.

Baby Making 101 as springboard

Baby Making 101

In connection to the various advocacies of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health [VYLH] Philippines, especially on Newborn Screening and Rare Orphan Diseases, Baby Making 101 activity is one good avenue for health representatives to level-off the participants. This is to serve as a launch pad for processing the experience-base advocacy dissemination event.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Promoting NBS, Rare Disorders to High School Students

Written by Ryan John Pascual
Pictures from VYLH-Philippines Volunteers

In the continued service and passion to the advocacy, VYLH-Philippines volunteers targeted high school students and teachers as the recipients of their information, education and communication (IEC) campaign activities on newborn screening (NBS) and rare disorders during the First Quarter of 2012. Among these activities were the Genetics Camp of The UPLB Genetics Society and "Schools for Rare" Campaign of VYLH-Philippines.

Schools for Rare at Luray II National High School in Toledo City, Cebu

High school students, being in their formative years, are viable partners in the advocacy since it is during the secondary level of education where students start to build their career path and pick the fields in which they will participate in the future. Imparting the advocacy allows students to be conscious of the health concerns that they will encounter as parents and leaders in the future. These students are also highly capable of disseminating information among their peers, friends and family.  Aside from students, engaging secondary school teachers to advocate our health concerns allows the integration of these health topics in their future classroom discussions.