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.