Health partners laud World Vision’s programs on TB, malnutrition, and HIV and AIDS
Nearly 100 health workers from six provinces in Luzon expressed their gratitude and appreciation to World Vision for helping their communities raise awareness and lessen cases on TB and malnutrition and HIV and AIDS.
The two-day gathering dubbed “Convergence in Diversity towards Healthy Communities for Healthy Children” held in Legazpi, Albay aimed to share promising practices on TB, malnutrition and HIV and AIDS.
“We’re blessed that World Vision has been helping us in our health and nutrition problems. We hope that this partnership will continue,” said Arlene Reario, Regional Program Coordinator of the National Nutrition Council Region 5.
Present during the event were health workers, midwives, doctors, nurses, dieticians, medical technologists and health volunteers, among others, from Pangasinan, Laurel in Batangas, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.
Awareness on TB. “People asked why our TB referral is increasing, and wonder if it is a bad sign. I said, it is a good sign because it shows that people are becoming aware of TB and that the stigma is broken,” Marietta Barbacena, TB coordinator from Camarines Sur, shared during her presentation.
TB Task Forces in five communities in Luzon have referred more than 5,000 presumptive TB cases to their respective health centers since 2015.
Improved nutrition. World Vision’s Pinoy Nutrition Hub, which cures malnutrition through a nutrient-rich food intake for malnourished children, is one of the organization’s well-appreciated health intervention.
World Vision has enrolled around 900 malnourished children in 6 APs , wherein nearly 90% showed improved nutritional status in just 12 days conducted in various months.
“Children who undergo the 12-day session has improved a lot in terms of weight. This cannot happen during feeding alone,” Sheryl Andaya, a midwfie from Albay, said.
Understanding HIV and AIDS. Representatives from churches, education, youth and the LGBTQ communities also thanked World Vision for the knowledge on HIV and AIDS through the Channels of Hope (CoH). Solid Rock church leader, Ptra Christian Maneclang, admitted that prior to CoH, she had numerous misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. “Noon kapag sinabing HIV, akala ko mata-transfer agad. Hindi pala.”
Another church leader, Fr. Dohn Corre, said that CoH made him realized that churches have a big role in helping people living with HIV and AIDS. “My prayer is that maging positive ang response ng obispo ko when I shared to him about CoH at kung ano ang pwede naming maging program to help people living with HIV and AIDS,” he said.