Love for Life Foundation of Philippine American Physicians in America
A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Updates

         
          March 18, 2017: Members of the Love for Life Foundation conduct a medical mission to the impoverished                 town of Castuli Macabebe which has been inaccessible for several months due to flooding.

          February 10, 2017: Members of the Love for Life Foundation and members of the New England Filipino                     Association visit the JADMC and conduct an on site medical mission providing basic medical care for the                   surrounding communities.

          May 10, 2016 Renovations Underway at JADMC

          Renovations underway at the JADMC medical center to update and expand the Cleft Palate operating room                and to keep up with Department of Health regulations.

          February 15, 2016 - Castuli Medical Mission
           
          Volunteers from the Love For Life Foundation with partners from the DADMFI and KDF conducted a medical                 mission to the remote village of Castuli Macabebe to provide general health and welfare checkups, dental                   services as well as tuli services.

         January 2016 Happy New Year! 
         
         The maternity clinic is now open on a 24 hour a day basis.

        October 22, 2015  Cleft Surgeries


        Our first surgeries at the new KDF-JADMC Operation Smile CLEFT Center. Surgeries were done at            the KDF Disability ASC at the MVP building.Thank you to our partners, Rotary and Sacop and                         Operation Smile.

        May 15, 2015   2 Mobile Mission vans in service!

        The KDF is now operating 2 mobile mission vans based at the JADMC to provide medical                           services to the surrounding areas for those with transportation difficulties - stay tuned for details!

         June 12-20     Cleft Surgeries. We have 111 patients scheduled for cleft surgery. 

         
February 12, 2015

Love for Life members visited Tacloban City, Leyte, one year after Typhoon Yolanda. 
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December 1, 2014

The first baby was delivered at the JADMC !  We have more than 40 pre natal patients scheduled to deliver in the next 3 months !

December 11 - 13, 2014

In partnership with operation smile we are starting our 3 day cleft palate/lip surgical mission  with a target goal of 40 patients. This is our second such mission for 2014.


October 2014

The much needed construction of the extension building and new waiting area at the JADMC has been completed. 

Weekend market at the JADMC continues every Saturday. This is coordinated by the KDF satellite nursery association.

A donation from the PLDT Smart Foundation will fund the establishment and expansion of another set of 6 satellite birthing clinics in Bulacan. 

 Prosthetics dept updates:

- screenings two times a month are done at JADMC with Dr Nepomuceno and Dr Tiangco alternating;

- two additional technicians are now being trained by KDF to become prosthetics technicians

September 2014

In addition to our regular scheduled activities, on September 8 at 9:00am we will launch the KDF-JADMC Charity Maternity Clinic for the poor at the JADMC Jesus A Datu Medical Center Bacolor, Pampanga. This is in cooperation with the PLDT-Smart Foundation, Rotary Clubs of Pampanga, Arellano University, Provincial and local Governments of Pampanga, DSWD, and Philhealth. Pampanga has the second highest maternal mortality in region 3. The target is zero mortality by 2015. Please contact Sylvia Ordonez 0917840371 or email sylvia.ordonez@gmail.com for more info and about how you can help.

Also starting in September each Saturday at 09:00am we will be sponsoring a farmers market for our Agricultural students at the JADMC. 


AUGUST, 2014

We need the JADMC  to accommodate the prosthetics laboratory, cleft lip/ palate program and the birthing clinic. We also will conduct all the midwives trainings at JADMC and our screenings and operations. We are fast expanding our activities and we need more space.

The KDF are also processing another donation for our agricultural based activities where we need to establish a nursery and a trading post for the products produced by our trainees. You will be happy to note that our beneficiaries in our Livelihood programs are our prosthetics and eye patients, mostly.

Here are some updates:

1. Cleft lip/ cleft palate international mission:

We had our cleft lip/ palate surgeries. And two follow up activities until july. 

As you know, we did the surgeries at the Amado Rodriguez District Hospital but all pre opt and post opts were done at JADMC, including all the screenings.All the volunteer nurses stayed in with us, as well. It was a huge work.

Most of all we did quite a bit of work looking for the patients because , as you know, they are quite hard to find, and costs money. We had four staff going around Pampanga and region 3 doing the information dissemination regarding the mission.

This was an international mission. That is why we had a lot to do by way of preparation.

2. Prosthetics

We distributed 35 prosthetics produced in the months of May-June 2014. We are now starting work on the balance of 40 prosthetics to complete our target of 120 for 2014. We have added two staff to our prosthetics laboratory. One is a physical therapist and another a student ( he finished 3 years) of UERM on prosthetics clinician. They have a deadline until end of the year to learn how to become a prosthetics technician as well. Our own prosthetics clinician consultant, Desiderio Gapasin, is helping them.

3. Eye Center:

We continue to do our every Saturday  eye screenings at JADMC. And our daily eye surgeries.



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March 8, 2012


The Board of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Organization has approved 3M Philippine pesos (approximately $67,000 USD) for the JADMC programs. The output requirements include 300 cataract surgeries, 200 pterygium surgeries, 133 prosthetics, and 200 harelip and cleft surgeries. The first release is in April, 2012. However, the P3M is not enough to pay for all the expenses that we will incur for the expected output. We still need donations for that.

We are busy soliciting funds for the 1M Philippine pesos (approximately $22,000 USD) that we need for the electrical work (P250,000 for breakers, P387,000 electrical distribution, P363,000 transformers/uninterrupted power supply regulators). Not to mention the costs of repairing the donated hospital equipment. A good jumpstart would be reaching a goal of $10,000 by mid-Spring and early summer so we can continue to operate the donated equipment without power blackouts.

April 7, 2012

HAPPY EASTER!

April 12, 2012

Today marked the launching of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) assisted projects of the JADMC/KDF. The PCSO has allocated 2M Philippines Pesos for 2012 to help us achieve our target of being the first charity hospital for the disabled in Asia. At the launching we had

1. a cataract mission that did 10 patients
2. distribution of 10 prosthetics
3. screening of 50 harelip and cleft palate patients

We are working to become partners with the PCSO because they are instrumental in helping us help more patients in 2013. For 2012, the PCSO contribution will fund 300 cataract surgeries, 200 pterygium surgeries, 120 prosthetics, and 200 harelip/cleft palate surgeries.

May 30 - June 3, 2012

Harelip and Cleft Palate Surgical Mission. Goal of 100 patients.



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July 18, 2012

The past few weeks have been again an activity filled session to complete the second Smiling Free Session of the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF). Seventy five children were beneficiaries of cleft palate and harelip surgeries. Complications: zero.

In between, the Maternal Health Care Consultations are held at the JADMC three times per week.

On July 17 30 prosthetics will be distributed to highlight the occasion of Disability Week.

The JADMC continues to serve as the center for the following health programs:
  • WALKING FREE (prosthesis, wheelchairs)
  • SMILING FREE (cleft palate, harelip)
  • SEEING FREE (cataract surgery)
  • MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH CARE

August 4, 2012

Our goals for the next 12 months include:

  • PHILHEALTH accreditation for the Eye Center by December 2012
  • 9 additional Satellite and Birthing Clinics established by July, 2013
  • the addition of at least 10 more midwives
  • Prosthetics Rehabilitation Center fully operational
  • Harelip/Cleft Palate Center application to the Department of Health to add the Ambulatory SuAugusrgical Center

August 16. 2012

The Eye Center is now accredited by PHILHEALTH



September 12,2012

We are now affiliated with PhilHealth. This allows reimbursement from the government for cataract and cleft palate surgeries and is one more step forward to self-sustainability.

September, 2012

Below is our latest accomplishment report

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October, 2012


We have cataract surgeries every day, Monday to Friday, and cataract screenings every Saturday.
Our Mother Child Clinics continue every Friday.
The Arellano University Physical Therapy Department has commenced the operating the Rehabilitation Unit.
Much is happening at the JADMC. Keep following this page and follow us on Facebook!

December, 2012

A. Disability:

1.  harelip/Cleft:

- hosted/organized the Harelip/cleft international mission held last November 9-16, 2012 at ONA
-we were one of 12 simultaneous sites to help celebrate the 30th homecoming years of the Operation Smile
-we participated in most, if not all of their activities, the last being last Dec 1 at the Polo Club for a culminating dinner
- we hosted 54 international volunteers
-we organized reception for them practically every night, inviting our local partners to all
-we operated on 149 patients
- two post operation sessions have been held after the mission and a last one on Dec 7 will be held at SACOP
-Dr Bill Magee and Cathy Magee, the co Founders of Operation Smile visited our mission last November 12, 2012
-they promised to initiate and fund the surgical mission that will take care of the patients that were not operated on, the adults with cleft cases
-KDF had to raise more than P700,000 cash to fund the local hosting expenses
- other donors and sponsors were Arellano University for the nurses, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for the accommodations of the local volunteers and staff, Ospital Nang Angeles (ONA) for the operating rooms and wards, Rotary Clubs of Pampanga for the coordination, etc
-JADMC was our site for ll the pre screenings and the laboratory, etc
-raising teh needed resources ( cash and in kind) was dfone by the KDF BOD and its partners

2. Prosthetics laboratory:


- our volunteer from teh Physicians for Peace begun his three days a week stay at JADMC to train our technicians
- He is also helping us set up the sach foot factory at the prosthetics laboratory
-we are now finishing our last prosthetics for the year to complete our 120 production
-our two doctor volunteers continue to come and do the regular screenings for us ( Dr Nepomuceno and Dr Tiangco)
- The Physicians For Peace approved a scholar from KDF to study the full 4 year course at UERM
- The Executive Director of the UERM School for Prosthetics and Orthotics visited JADMC and committed to support KDF with technical know how to improve our technology

3. Eye Center

- KDF continues to operate on an average of 10 patients every day with or w/o Philhealth membership
- our local opthalmologist volunteers continue to increase
- However, due to lack of equipment, we have to limit our surgeries to a maximum of two table per day
- KDF lack the funds to purchase the complete set of equipment for the eye center w/o help from outside
- The BOD is helping in this regard, feasibility studies are now being prepared for funding of the needed equipotent from partners like the Rotary clubs and other donors
- we need more operating microscopes and phaco machines to make sure we have four operating tables that are well equipped
- recently, we bought a few equipment on credit/terms ( two second hand portable operating microscopes and small items for the pterygium surgeries)
- 70%  medical supplies and medicines are purchased on a four-six month credit
- three full time nurses, one admin , and one book keeper were hired for the eye center to help
- Arellano nurses come every time we have screenings and surgeries to help in the registration
- for the months of October-November, 2012, we have done 300 cataract and pterygium surgeries
- we are devoting a lot of time to having our second hand equipment repaired

Mother and Child:

 1. Satellite Birthing Clinics:

- as of end of November, we have 8 birthing clinics frunded by the PLDT-SMART (tital P1.550,000 loans relesed) 
- we have also spent P450,000 on the training, monitory of hte MWs skills in Pampanga and Bulacan
- we continue to have our weekly mother and child charity Clinic at JADMC
- All CPE trainings are done at teh Benigno Aquino hall of the Provincial government
- CPEs for all the MWs of Pampanga are done once a month
- the MWs and their staff were given a 3 moth training on LSS (life saving skills) in Bulacan and they also went for CPE training in Bacolod
-the liquidation report for the P2M will be submitted by end of next week so that the balance of the P1.8 m can be requested for release to complete the P3.8M to fund another 4 clinics to complete the target of 12 clinics

2. Sponsored Philhealth membership:

- the satelite birthing clinics were informed that theyc an now sponsor the Philhealth membership of their patients so that they can be paid more and make their services/facilities better
-  This will start next year aafter they have enrolled patients who are now doing their pre natal with them

3.  Birthing Clinic at JADMC

- accreditation with DOH is in teh process of being renewed
-accreditation with Philhealth is also being renewed
- as soon as both have been obtained, the plan is to do deliveries starting February 2013

C.  Building improvements:

- the tranformers from PELCO were installed
- electrical equipment worth more than P250,000 have been purchased by KDF ( wires and breakers)
- we need another P150,000 to purchase copper wires to just connect the transformers to the breakers and wires to connect the  system to the eye center this month so that our electricity source will be from teh tree transformers already
-  This does not yet include our distribution wires to all the rooms
- we also need 15 AVRS ( costing around P10,000 each) to protect our equipment
- management is painting the ramp and the grills at the outer part of the building
- more funds are needed to paint other portions of the building

D. Reports and Liquidations:

-PCSO liquidation and reports for the P3M grant will be submitted before the end of the year.  All accomplishments have been done except for a few prosthetics which are now being done
-PLDT-SMART Foundation grant of P2M will be liquidated before the end of next week and the report will be finalized by the end of the year
-DOH/ Philhealth reports will be finalized by the end of the moth of December for submission.
-Well family Midwife partnership Foundation Reports for the Satellite Clinics are also due for submission before teh end of the year

E.  Accreditations

 PCNC accreditation
  - needed amendments to teh articles and Bylaws finalized for signature of the KDF BOD to incorporate requirements of the PCNC
Philhealth accreditation for the birthing Clinic
 -inspection will be done this month


F.  Future Plans:

- the last KDF BOD approved the recommendation of management to extend the USUFRUCT Agreement to another 25 years to make a total of 30 years.  The president has been authorized to make the needed arrangements with the Love For LIfe Foundation and the DADF
- the BOD also approved the plan to launch a comprehensive Livelihood program for Pampanga to serve the less fortunate and contribute towards the improvement fo the lives of our indigent communities
- the BOD required management to submit a comprehensive Livelihood program for Pampanga plan for BOD approval before the end of January next year
- Plans for the january 9 KDF anniversary at the Heroes Hall were approved


February, 2013

Members of the Love for Life Foundation recently returned from a visit to the JADMC. We are delighted to report that the JADMC is busier than ever. Cataract operations are scheduled for everyday of the week, Monday through Friday. We have hired a full-time opthalmologist as well as recruited several volunteer opthalmoloists and surgical nurses. The Prosthetics Department has two fulltime technicians, themselves amputees and recipients of prosthetics, who manufacture up to 15 below the knee prosthetics per month which are distributed to the needy. The Mother Child Charity Clinic is going strong, scheduled for every Friday. Dental Clinics will resume with the help of the Pampanga Dental Society and Dr. Trinidad Roque Arcilla.


April, 2013

1.  Eye Center:

- we continue to operate on patients with or without the Philhealth membership; 
- we continue to do the JADMC regular Saturday eye screenings screenings.  The last one ( yesterday), we were able to screen more than two hundred patients coming from all over Pampanga .  Tarlac and Nueva Ecija patients also came.
- more than 200 streamers were posted and distributed all over Pampanga announcing the various services of KDF/JADMC
- Onsite eye screenings were held the whole month of march and still ongoing throughout April and may ( we are using the LFLF Van and my FX).  The paint on the Van will be done soon ( pictures will be sent);  These a held ever Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Priority is given to the resettlement sites and poor Barangays;
 
Eye glasses distribution:

- beginning April, we started the distribution of the eye glasses during the screenings. To date, more than 600 reading eye glasses have been distributed.  These are funded by KDF;

2. Cleft Lip/Palate:

-Final date for the Cleft Lip/Palate surgical mission will be held on July 3-6, 2013 at the Ospital Ng Angeles (ONA);
- recruitment of patients is ongoing, using the streamers distributed;
- target is 200 patients for this year with two surgical missions;
- As of today we have listed 43 new patients and 37 from the 2012 patients who were deferred for various reasons;
- we are now busy organizing/coordinating the details ( e.g. sponsors for meals, receptions etc,  solicitation for accommodation)
- we plan to install more streamers this coming week and conduct on site promotional activities to drum up interest so that we can identify more patients;
- coordinating with the Rotary to take care of patients who need transportation;
- Coordination meeting will take place on this coming week to determine targets and activities for the July mission;

3. Prosthetics

- The additional technician, Ton Ton is now undergoing training from Desi.  Target date to complete his training is end of the year.
- the target of 20 prosthetics per month is being met;

Sach Foot Factory:

- the equipment needed have all been purchased and installed
- the three technicians are all trained and capable of producing the sach feet needed for our operations;
- thanks to Mr Desi for training the technicians and successfully establishing the factory;

Physical set up of the Prosthetics laboratory:

Mr Desi continues to guide the staff in re designing the floor lay out of the Prosthetics Laboratory with the following features:

. transferred the location of the generator set to the parking area in front of the prosthetics laboratory.  This gave the prosthetics Laboratory more space;
. built more steel cabinets with locks to secure the raw materials at the bodega right under the ramp;
. built a gate that can be locked separating the rehab section from the prosthetics Laboratory;

Additional Trainees for the UERM School For Prosthetics and Orthotics:

- through the effort of Mr Ricafort, the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University approved two more scholars;
-  this make the scholars a total of four;
- the good news is that two years from now, one of them will already graduate, this will assure the KDF/JADMC prosthetics laboratory a technical person that can fully guide the Prosthetics Lasboratory.
- This will also qualify the KDF JADMC to apply for Philhealth accreditation two years from today;


B. Networking:

1. Rotary Clubs:

- several meetings/fellowship conducted, led by Mr Ricafort and Pip Villanueva, to get the Rotarians more involved with the KDF/JADMC Programs;
- commitment will soon be translated to MOAs that are now being planned;

2. DSWD region 3:

- Every First Friday of the month,there is a Livelihood training being conducted at the DSWD covered courts at Barangay maimpis, City of San Fernando.  This is for the benefit of the Cash Transfer beneficiaries ( the poorest of the poor).  This is now the entry point of the KDF/JADMC in reaching out to the poorest of the poor in Pampanga and selected Region 3 provinces;

- another MOA is now being prepared for signing;

- Philhealth, Department of Education for Region 3 and Pampanga personnel and teachers, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) personnel and teachers; Department of Agriculture have been contacted so that they too can avail of our services and help us identify more patients who are indigents;

3.  Capanalig LIons:

- Through the courtesy of Gen David and Elinda Arcilla, the Lions Governor visited JADMC and committed to tie up re the eye glasses distribution;  They also committed to help in recruiting more patients;

C . Satellite Birthing Clinics:

- the target for 2013 is to establih another 10 clinics;
- project proposal and report has been submitted to the PLDT-Smart Foundation

D. Physical Structure of JADMC:

- more storage was constructed underneath the ramp ( this is in addition to the one built for the Prosthetics parts)
- the three transformers from PELCO were finally installed last week, after KDF/JADMC provided more equipment and supplies for the wires to connect the eye center and the transformers;  So far, more than P300,000 has been spent this 2013 to finally wire the whole building with phase 3 connections; work is ongoing. this may take a few more weeks to complete.

E. Plans to make JADMC hospital for complicated births:

- awaiting new rules for DOH licensing before we can make definite plans


July, 2013

Mrs. Joan A. Datu, widow of the late Dr. Jesus A. Datu, recently visited the JADMC. It was humming with activity, with hundreds of patients coming from all parts of Central Luzon for screenings for cataract and prosthetics. All patients are screened first prior to surgery or fittings. If they are found to be appropriate candidates, they are then put on the schedule. The Kapampangan Development Foundation and local rotary clubs have been instrumental and essential to the daily operation of the hospital, which has now become the center for disabilities in Southeast Asia. Just the administrative aspect of it requires a fulltime staff of eight.

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AUGUST, 2013

GlobalGiving
Aug 21, 2013
Dear Joycelyn,

Reduce maternal mortality in the Philippines, a project on GlobalGiving.org that you gave $25.00 to on July 14, 2010, has another update from the field on the impact you've helped them make. This update is a postcard from Sandra Dickison, who recently visited this project. 

Walking towards a better life
By Sandra Dickison - In-the-field Representative
Prosthetic Fittings
Prosthetic Fittings

The following is an e-postcard from Sandra Dickison, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines.

Traveling over 6 hours, Pampanga resident Joey brought her 4 year-old daughter, Princess, to the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Clinic on June 25th.  When we first met Princess she seemed like a typical kid - shy around foreigners, close to her mother, and tired from the journey.  However, Princess was born without a foot and on Tuesday, at the Clinic, she was being fitted for her first prosthetic which would allow her to walk and play with the other kids in her town.

Ana and I had the opportunity to visit the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Clinic which is supported by the Love for Life Foundation of Philippine American Physicians in America.   The clinic provides an array of basic medical services to the poor from the Pampanaga region which is north of Manila.  From cataract surgeries to a birthing center, the Clinic is run by a dedicated staff and supported by volunteer doctors. 

We spent the morning visiting with staff and nurses, learning about the 30+ cataract surgeries they had already performed – free of charge – to residents in the area.   Robbie and Jerome, the prosthetic technicians, gave us a tour of the prosthetic lab where they cast, mold, and create prosthetic legs which are free to those who need them.  Robbie himself was also a recipient of a prosthetic leg.

Throughout the morning, during our meetings and tour, people were already arriving for the bi-monthly prosthetic screening which would begin at 2:00.  Many, like Joey and Princess, traveled a great distance and waited for hours in the hot room meet with the doctor.  Ana and I visited with patients and all of them were smiling, excited to be at the Clinic and ready to get fitted for a prosthetic.  Young and old, by the time the screening began about 40 people were in line to be fitted.

While Ana and I were impressed by the Clinic’s organization and services, we were blown away by their dedication to the community.  Observing the screening, we could not help but think how Princess’ life would change with the help of the Clinic and the Love for Life Foundation.
Ana with Joey and her family
Ana with Joey and her family
The technicians showing us the prosthetic
The technicians showing us the prosthetic
The nurses in the cataract surgery room
The nurses in the cataract surgery room
Receiving instructions before prosthetic fittings
Receiving instructions before prosthetic fittings
The technicians in front of the foot molds
The technicians in front of the foot molds

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AUGUST, 2013
Many thanks to the Physicians For Peace (PFP) for turning over optical equipment to the KDF-PFP Seeing Clearly program of JADMC. Every Saturday morning, the PFP volunteer optometrists will do the eye screenings simultaneous to our regular cataract screenings at JADMC.

During the turnover,the PFP gave away 50 free prescription eye glasses to our patients.
The optical clinic will be open every Saturday to screen our JADMC patients who will come to our JADMC onsite screenings. The PFP volunteer technicians will come to do the screenings. The PFP will also provide the frames. In yesterday's turnover, 500 frames were donated by PFP to the optical clinic.

SEPTEMBER, 2013
Accomplishment Report

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OCTOBER, 2013

We did 86 cataract and pterygium surgeries last September. Our goal each month is 100. Last september there were many floods and typhoons. We now have .4 full time staff at the prosthetics lab and one consultant ( Desi) who comes every week and stays at least 2 days. The eye center has 3 OR nurses, two staff nurses . All 5 are paid as temporary hires; we have a practical nurse ( contractual)that goes w dr Carreon on off site screenings to do biometrics and distribution of the reading eye glasses; admin has a bookeeper ( permanent) and an admin staff( contractual), and a full time janitress; we have one nurse ( full time) dedicated to the harelip and cleft palate project; 

Total full time : 14 persons
( only 6 have permanent contracts) the rest are project based but reporting full time;
On call: we hire temporary staff as needed. Number depends on the need
DECEMBER, 2013

The cleft lip/ palate international surgical mission finished yesterday. Done were 101 surgeries and 6 obturators. 172 were screened. We are now busy clearing up and discharging the 
Patients and sending off the volunteers, etc. pist operation check up will be on Dec 6. This was the only international mission to the Philippines for the year. Quite big. We had 60  OS volunteers from abroad and from the other provinces. This does not include the local doctors who came and went after surgeries. We had 50 kdf volunteers ( 30 arellano nurses and 10 local volunteers from our partners and 10 KDF / JADMC staff. It was a huge task...went seamlessly well!!!! Food was cooked in my mother's house. My brother lent us a car for marketing and food delivery. The outing to the diaspora and cultural tour of bacolor and guagua churces and JDMC was appreciated. Their visit to Subic for a picnic was great!!! They loved the beach. The farewell dinner hosted by Myrna and Boy Bituin was beautiful !!! Native lechon  was served. Everyday was packed w 30-32 surgeries done a day. Final screening and decking on the first day was big and smooth w 30 student nurses snd 10 kdf staff and 10 volunteers from partners helping.... We fed the parenrs from day 1- day to the last day. We had a call center to track the patients and fetch those who had no money.... We cooked food for all the volunteers!!!! Thanks to all the foreign and local vplunteers and our staff !!! Great job. Kdf / JADMC prepared for this for a year. Looking for patients, screening them, coordinating w the local ngos and lgus, soliciting funds and contributions in kind..... Lots of work. Thank god it is now a weekened and all can rest. Last night the Operations Smile gave a farewell dinner for the group of OS volunteers to say goodbye and thank you!!!! Thanks, Dr Joy. The JADMC provided the base and the home for this program.

JANUARY 2014

1. Above Knee Prosthetics 
 -we will work with the International Red Cross sponsored Jubilee group of Davao to introduce KDF to their above knee suppliers from Vietnam;
 - work closely with the UERM Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics to help us provide above knee prodthetics to at least  50 cases for 2014;
-additional training  of the prosthetics technicians on the use of these above knee mechanisms;

2. Wheel Chairs
- work with other groups for the donation of free wheel chairs aside from Operations Blessings
- work with Physicians for Peace (PFP) for free wheel chairs from its partners;
- target is 100 wheel chairs

3. Jadmc Charity Birthing Clinic:
- work on hiring OB Gyn Doctors to help us launch a charity birthing clinic at JADMC for the benefit of Bacolor residents;
- work with local government of Bacolor to promote the facility among the Bacolor residents

4. Eye center

- work with the Pampanga Department of Education to do free eye screenings for school children in cooperation with the Physicians for Peace 

5. Multi purpose hall:
build a multipurpose hall at the back of the JADMC for our patients' screenings and followups. This means raising the funds for this purpose.

6. Livelihood program: launch the livelihood program for 2014. Program still being finalized

Targets for ongoing programs:

Cataract surgeries: 50 a month
Pterygium surferies: 50 a month
Prosthetics ( below knees):  10 per month
Harelip/ cleft palate: 100 / year


March, 2014

1) Complicated births:

The KDF would like to apply for a permit so that we can qualify to be a hospital allowed to handle complicated births. This means going to DOH (Department of Health) level 1 or 2 under the new rules of the DOH. Right now, the JADMC. ( under the new DOH rules) has an infirmary permit.

The reason we would like to be a hospital for complicated births is so that we can be a charity clinic to accept the poor who have complicated births and save them;

Equipment:

1) We will need hospital equipment for complicated births so that we can save both the mothers and the children; am still working out the list with the help if our volunteers;

2) we need hospital equipment related to the establishment of a laboratory

3) we need hospital equipment related to the establishment of an x ray room.

As you can see the above are what we need to apply for a DOH higher level hospital category so that we can be a hospital that can accept complicated births.

If we can apply for donations of the equipment to make us qualify to apply for a DOD higher level, then we can look forward to becoming the only charity hospital for complicated births.

I know also from experience that we will need to raise funds for the freight cost of the container load. 

The Future:
 
Our emphasis in JADMC is not to be a general hospital. We want to be a specialized hospital catering to our services related  to :

1) People with Disabilities ( PWD)
    - eyes
    - hearing ( future)
    - speech
    - prosthetics. (mobility)

The above are the four basic disabilities which we want to serve;

2) Maternal and Child Health Nutrition ( MCHN):

- KDF- JADMC  satellite birthing clinics owned by midwives

- training of midwives

- Hospital for complicated births

What we need is help in securing the equipment for the complicated birth to fulfill the DOH level 1 & 2 so that we can qualify.

April, 2014

We have been very busy at KDF- JADMC because the first Quarter is always terrible. Catching up and renewal if licenses.

1) licenses :

We are almost done with the renewal of licenses. Now we are busy with screenings for the eyes, cleft lip/ palate and the prosthetics.

2) Construction:

We are also busy with trying to hit the construction target completion date of the first phase of the roof and flooring is june 4. Todate, we have spent more than 500,000. We have remaining funds of a little over 100,000.

3) Programs:

Harelip/ cleft palate:

We have a big onternational mission forthcoming june 6-14 harelip/ cleft palate mission. Target is 100 patients;

0peration Smile June 2014

Screening Dates:
1.April 25- initial screening
JADMC (7am)

2.May 30- second screening
JADMC (7am)

3.June 8- final screening and admission of first 20 patients..
(7am) JADMC

Prosthetics:

We recently hired a full tome PT to head the prosthetics laboratory. She is now learning how to make prosthetics and is doing all rehab work;

Eye center:

Onsite Screening date:April 10- florida blanca april 15- gerona tarlac april 22- san manuel tarlac april 23-angeles city april 24- ramos tarlac april 28- san jose tarlac april 29-30 concepcion tarlac;

Regular screening: 
Jadmc every Saturday morning

May, 2014
Construction:

Pls see latest photos taken re our ongoing construction on the jadmc extension. Pls help. 

We badly need to add the toilets and the kitchen so that we cab use them already for the June Mission for cleft lip/ palate;

We just have a month to go to complete the building w a roof and flooring.

Hope you can help. The kitchen and the toilets alone will already cost another 300,000. The estimated additional cost to finish the roof and flooring of the building is another 400,000. Am trying my best to raise the needed funds.  With the additional 700,000, we can have the toilets and the kitchen and the roof and the flooring. 

In the future, we can do the other finishing work when we have more funds. I have asked eng sama to increase the height so that we can do a mezzanine in the future when we have more funds. 

Cleft lip/ palate :

We had our screening yesterday. Happy to inform you that we had more than 65 patients screened yesterday. Three volunteer doctors came to help us. We are hanging another set of 100 streamers starting on tuesday so that we can meet oyr goal of 100 patients to be operated on.

The surgeries will take place on june 8-14. Big job. Pls pray that we will be able to make oyr 100 parients target for this year.

Prosthetics:

We are doing well with meeting our target of 10 a month. We are confident we will make more than 120 for the year;

Eye center:

Our 100 month ( cataract and prerygium) target is being met. The screenings on site also continue w partners like the dswd etc.

July, 2014


The cleft lip/cleft palate mission went very well. We were able to do 122 surgeries and 7 obturators. The work continues, we need to coordinate the return of the equipment, attend goodbye receptions for the volunteers and now prepare for the june 21 post operation check up. Now that we have the extension building, we are now able to schedule such activities even during the rainy season
All screenings were done at JADMC., including pre operations and post operations. All the volunteer nurses also stayed at JADMC.

The two KDF scholars of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU), for Prosthetics will graduate in a year's time. This will enable us to expand our services to prosthetics and orthotics at JADMC. 

The Arellano university will help us w the PT requirements up to the level of the households where our beneficiaries are.

The Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Program will be expanded to include training for the midwives. We plan to operate the birthing clinic at JADMC as soon as we have hired the full time OB/GYN. This is a big program and we need space.

Mr. Benigno Ricafort and Mrs. Sylvia Ordonez, our partners at the JADMC, are supervising two backyard piggeries which will earn the prosthetics beneficiaries a minimum wage.This backyard piggery project will be started next week and will be inaugurated middle of July. 

AUGUST, 2014

We need the JADMC  to accommodate the prosthetics laboratory, cleft lip/ palate program and the birthing clinic. We also will conduct all the midwives trainings at JADMC and our screenings and operations. We are fast expanding our activities and we need more space.

The KDF are also processing another donation for our agricultural based activities where we need to establish a nursery and a trading post for the products produced by our trainees. You will be happy to note that our beneficiaries in our Livelihood programs are our prosthetics and eye patients, mostly.

Here are some updates:

1. Cleft lip/ cleft palate international mission:

We had our cleft lip/ palate surgeries. And two follow up activities until july. 

As you know, we did the surgeries at the Amado Rodriguez District Hospital but all pre opt and post opts were done at JADMC, including all the screenings.All the volunteer nurses stayed in with us, as well. It was a huge work.

Most of all we did quite a bit of work looking for the patients because , as you know, they are quite hard to find, and costs money. We had four staff going around Pampanga and region 3 doing the information dissemination regarding the mission.

This was an international mission. That is why we had a lot to do by way of preparation.

2. Prosthetics

We distributed 35 prosthetics produced in the months of May-June 2014. We are now starting work on the balance of 40 prosthetics to complete our target of 120 for 2014. We have added two staff to our prosthetics laboratory. One is a physical therapist and another a student ( he finished 3 years) of UERM on prosthetics clinician. They have a deadline until end of the year to learn how to become a prosthetics technician as well. Our own prosthetics clinician consultant, Desiderio Gapasin, is helping them.

3. Eye Center:

We continue to do our every Saturday  eye screenings at JADMC. And our daily eye surgeries

September 2014

In addition to our regular scheduled activities, on September 8 at 9:00am we will launch the KDF-JADMC Charity Maternity Clinic for the poor at the JADMC Jesus A Datu Medical Center Bacolor, Pampanga. This is in cooperation with the PLDT-Smart Foundation, Rotary Clubs of Pampanga, Arellano University, Provincial and local Governments of Pampanga, DSWD, and Philhealth. Pampanga has the second highest maternal mortality in region 3. The target is zero mortality by 2015. Please contact Sylvia Ordonez 0917840371 or email sylvia.ordonez@gmail.com for more info and about how you can help.

Also starting in September each Saturday at 09:00am we will be sponsoring a farmers market for our Agricultural students at the JADMC. 


October 2014

The much needed construction of the extension building and new waiting area at the JADMC has been completed. 

Weekend market at the JADMC continues every Saturday. This is coordinated by the KDF satellite nursery association.

A donation from the PLDT Smart Foundation will fund the establishment and expansion of another set of 6 satellite birthing clinics in Bulacan. 

 Prosthetics dept updates:

- screenings two times a month are done at JADMC with Dr Nepomuceno and Dr Tiangco alternating;

- two additional technicians are now being trained by KDF to become prosthetics technicians


December 1, 2014

The first baby was delivered at the JADMC !  We have more than 40 pre natal patients scheduled to deliver in the next 3 months !

December 11 - 13, 2014

In partnership with operation smile we are starting our 3 day cleft palate/lip surgical mission  with a target goal of 40 patients. This is our second such mission for 2014.

February 12, 2015

Love for Life members visited Tacloban City, Leyte, one year after Typhoon Yolanda. 
Click on the link below for more information.
       May 15, 2015   2 Mobile Mission vans in service!

        The KDF is now operating 2 mobile mission vans based at the JADMC to provide medical services to         the surrounding areas for those with transportation difficulties - stay tuned for details!

       June 12-20     Cleft Surgeries.

         We have 111 patients scheduled for cleft surgery. 

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