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IOHSAD conduct medical mission for children of Tondo

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The Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) conducted last December 4, 2010 a medical mission for the children of Hapilan, Tondo, Manila. A total 55 children, aged between 1-10 years old were given medical attention and appropriate medicines by four volunteer medical workers supported by local health and safety committee.

“Many of the children are below the average body weight for their age group. Malnutrition is high malnutrition due to economic situation of their families who are surviving on scavenging garbage,” observed Emma Celada, project coordinator of the Medical Service Program (MSP) of IOHSAD. “Being able to eat 3 square meals a day is a luxury for most the families here.”

On the other hand, Emy Ilag, RN, Board Member of IOHSAD said that “intestinal parasites are common among the children and most are anemic. Some have skin problems due to the poor hygiene in their community.”

After the Medical Mission, the students of Hapilan Daycare Center held an early Christmas Party. Parents and children took part in the gift-giving and games. “We gave out simple gifts, what was more important was not the price of the gifts but the spirit of solidarity between the members of the community which came with the activity,” said Noel Colina, Executive Director of IOHSAD.

The Hapilan Daycare Center is a project by IOHSAD in cooperation with Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA). The gifts were graciously donated by the Schoellen family. 

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