There is a slow but persistent effort to establish a small but comprehensive and unique health service project in Bio-os, a small barrio or village in the town of Amlan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. Amlan is an underserved community of nearly 30,000 people, most are under the age of 21, and suffering from many of the typical health problems in rural Philippines, including high maternal and infant mortality rates, nutritional deficiencies, dengue fever, tuberculosis, inadequate housing, dislocation due to typhoons and natural disasters and lack of access to basic health services.
The project is called the Community Health Development Center (CHDC), which is conceptualized as an extension service for basic community health care, education, and training by St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) in the Philippines, a 115 year old accredited co-ed university of 3,000 students from preK-12 to undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate degree programs located in Dumaguete City, Province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. The CHDC project is sponsored by the St. Paul University Dumaguete Alumni Association of North America (SPUDAA-NA), a non-profit 501c3 organization (www.spudaana.org) based in Chicago. Donations and contributions thru SPUDAA-NA are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and are channeled directly to SPUD-Outreach Foundation and ear-marked 100% for donor-designated projects.
The CHDC is a replicable model with a wholistic 4-pronged approach for improving the health and well-being of communities through:
1. A health facility that provides basic medical care, health promotion and education programs, herbal training and use of certified medicinal plants from a pharma garden onsite for treatment and healing,
2. Field training, research, and health services opportunities for nursing students and health workers on integrative medicine related to building healthy and sustainable communities.
3. Partnerships and collaboration with medical health practitioners, health workers, and community stakeholders, and
4. Environmental advocacy and stewardship for the local and surrounding communities.
Campaign Goal: $75,000
With the support of SPUD alumni and friends covering the initial cost of architectural design and back fill in place on donated land, the self-contained CHDC will have approximately 144 square meters (or 1,500 square feet) that can be expanded at a later time. The ground floor is concrete surrounded by steel matting. It has standard rooms (reception-1, medical examinations-2, pantry/storage-1, restrooms-2), and an area for health assessment and education activities. Outside the building are water tanks for multi-purpose rainwater, and an organic medicinal herbal garden fenced with cyclone wire. The total projected construction is $50,000.
As a university-based outreach program, the CHDC will be staffed by SPUD nursing students on scheduled rotation basis, extension service workers, and by medical personnel volunteers from both private and public medical institutions and area hospitals. Through them a partnership will be created. Our SPUDAA-NA campaign will support the hiring of permanent staff for health center services. The total projected cost of permanent staffing for the first two years is $25,000.
We appeal to your generosity and support to make this worthwhile project possible. Please let us hear from you.