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January 2018 Update: Finding Solutions for Malnutrition

With a general objective to decrease the percentage of malnutrition among children ages 0 months to 71 months from 18.5% to 9% in Barangay Sinai, Municipality of Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte, by the end of year 2019, the group continued activities against malnutrition for January 2018. These include the following:

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  • Coordination with DOST for mongo cereals. A communication letter was sent and a meeting was set at the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office in Zamboanga City. This is in line with the group’s request for mongo cereals to be distributed to identified malnourished children in September 2018.
  • Operation Timbang and Updating of Malnutrition Masterlist. Along with the new barangay nutrition scholar and the barangay health worker, the group conducted a weight and height monitoring among children 0-71 months. Vitamin A supplementation and distribution of milk packets from the municipal health office was also facilitated. As of January 2018, 12 among the 130 children aged 0-71 months remain to be malnourished.
  • Acquisition of seeds from Department of Agriculture for households with identified malnourished children. The group was able to acquire seeds for distribution in the barangay. These seeds include carrots, kangkong, okra and petchay. A set, which includes all four seeds, is given to each household with an identified malnourished child. This was then turned over to the barangay secretary.
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Matters of the Heart

Hypertension is really one of the most common illness we see in our society today. But it is also one of the easiest condition to control due to its widely available maintenance medication provided by the government for free. Despite this ray of hope, there are still a lot of people, who live in barangays found in the outskirts of the region, unaware of these programs. We are fortunate enough to be the bridges that allows awareness and knowledge to spread among the villagers. Our group has pondered upon what the heart and mind can conjure within the limits of what our hands can do, to make the citizens of barangay Sinai live a healthier lifestyle. We came up with simple but influential programs to get the people on fire about matters of the heart. Now we are on our fourth community immersion and still a lot of things are yet to be done. A month is nowhere near the ideal time period to inflict and assess change in a community who has lived comfortably with diseases slowly eating them away. That part is what makes our mission a challenge. We, a mere group of 8 medical students, envisions a community of cooperative, attentive, collaborative, and instinctive residents who looks out for one another. In order to achieve that, we must take one step at a time to encourage independence amidst dependence in the community and unite them as one.

Due to unforeseen events, our plans were cut short due to a terrorist attack targeting a neighboring city. The school decided to pull us out of our respective communities and were sent home with only 2 weeks shy of the originally scheduled arrival back to our city.

Alas, these were only some of the activities we had planned for this exposure and the rest are going to be rescheduled on the next exposure, which is unfortunately before clerkship starts.

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Bp taking activity during the Senior Citizens’ meeting for identification and monitoring of hypertensive individuals.

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We conducted a health teaching on vices during the Senior citizens’ meeting as  well.
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An exercise program dubbed Galaw, Sayaw, Hataw! that features similarities with Zumba which is defined as “an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.”. We only had 3 sessions out of the 10 we intended to have for the whole month of our stay.

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We visited Dipolog to coordinate with the regional agricutural district to coordinate with the department of agriculture for the procurement of seeds for our upcoming project next exposure which is the creation of a communal garden per purok. This is in line with our aim to make herbal plants known and used depending on their purpose as well as introducing a healthier diet for children to avoid malnutrition.

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We intended to create the hypertension core group during this exposure and were halfway done when we were sent home. We post-pone our planned meetings as well as the demo on the proper way of taking blood pressure unto the next exposure.

Overall, I had fun during this exposure. I never thought two weeks could go by so fast. It was a very eventful 2 weeks for me. I even got to lead a bible study for my fellow Christian brothers and sisters assigned in the same municipality. We finally have a refrigerator. I’ve made desserts for my second family. Cooked blindly. Scored fashionable pieces at a thrift shop. Got to experience our haunted barangay hall once again. Got to eat halo-halo at the new “IT” place called Dumpy’s cafe. Crossed of things and places I really wanted to see and do in Dipolog. The list goes on and honestly I just couldn’t enumerate everything. And because I am the leader for this exposure, I am also quite sad that we didn’t get to do what we planned and prepared. But at the same time I’m glad that we got home safe and is now thousand of miles away from the war.

Here’s to looking forward for the next exposure.

c’est la vie

-Jyvlkk

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Significance and Purpose

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As we enter the fourth week of community life at Barangay Sinai, with all the assessments and evaluation of the programs initiated, we can’t help but reminisce all the things done, being done and about to be fulfilled yet. To make a difference in the lives of people, small and careful steps coupled with proper planning and execution, can lead to big things.

Through our programs we encouraged the people living at Barangay Sinai to have a more active and healthy lifestyle. At the beginning, only a few took part in our activities, but eventually others followed. We are satisfied that many have taken part midway of our implementation. This is a positive indication that people have become more health conscious and aware of the ways and means of leading them to wellness. A strong and clean environment coupled with appropriate health practices have given Sinai a renewed vigor and fresh start from its former self.

Generally, when one takes into account all aspects conceivable to improve people’s lives, everything else will fall in the right places. The simplest things that we life with in life with a passion gave more meaning than all the wealth conceivable. Life is beautiful, be it as things or may not be. The sense of helping is indescribable, it is a feeling that can never be experienced inside a room filled with medical books.

“When people are less focused on self and the problems of the self, there is a king alleviation of stress. There is nothing life reaching out and contributing to the lives of others: to give a person a sense of SIGNIFICANCE and a PURPOSE” – Stephen Post, professor of bioethics at Stony Brook University

– 🌸misstinne

COMMUNITY EXPOSURE 2: SECOND TIME AROUND

March 29, 2016. Courtesy call with Barangay Captain Pedro Habagat

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April 1, 2016. Courtesy call with the Barangay Officials

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April 1, 2016. Attended the graduation at Sinai Elementary school

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April 2, 2016. Initial survey at Purok Mahogany

April 2, 2016. Geomapping and surveying Purok Mahogany

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