KOICA and World Vision launch maternal and infant healthcare project in eastern Visayas

Official Release – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in partnership with international child-focused organization, World Vision, launch a health project that will serve pregnant mothers, newly born infants, and young children in the provinces of eastern Visayas region.

The health project which is named as KOICA Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Project is a three-phased grant project, with five years of implementation for each phase, funded by KOICA and implemented by World Vision.

Its target areas are located in the municipalities of Taft, Dolores, Quinapondan, and General McArthur in Eastern Samar province, and municipalities Tolosa, Tabontabon, Pastrana, and Sta. Fe in Leyte province.

The main objective of the project is to improve maternal and child health services in Eastern Samar and Leyte.

The target recipients of the said projects are pregnant and lactating women, barangay health workers, health personnel including midwives and medical personnel, children under 5 years old, and caregivers of children under 5 years old.

The project activities will revolve around improving the health care establishments in the community, home visits, child medical care, maternal care, capacity building, and advocacy.

“I am excited for the health project by KOICA and World Vision to start. Thank you for choosing the municipality of Tolosa as one of your target beneficiaries in the region, shares Councilor Manny Martinez from Tolosa, Leyte in his Facebook post.

The World Vision field team led by World Vision Program Manager in Samar-Leyte Cluster, Bonifacio Calapan, has started meeting with the local government offices, the Department of Health regional office, and public health clinics in the covered areas to introduce the project and assess the healthcare needs.