Medical Trips & Chronic Care
As a result of returning to Jagna every year since 2004, Philos Health is able to follow-up with former patients in the area. To ensure the maintenance of these chronic medical conditions, Philos employs a full-time nurse that keeps record of patients’ charts and manages our local health clinic. This allows Philos Health to provide year-round treatment to the local community.
Over the last 16 years, Philos Health’s emphasis on collaboration and partnership with locals of Jagna has been essential in providing impactful service during each medical mission. Philos Health has built strong connections with the local government, NGOs, and healthcare providers that allow us to consistently deliver effective patient care to the population.
In 2010, Philos Health and the District Hospital in Jagna conducted its first surgical mission in Jagna to provide obstetrics and gynecological (OBGYN) and general surgeries to local patients in need.
In every year since, Philos Health surgeons have teamed up with local surgeons, operating room nurses, and anesthesiologists to perform successful, occasionally life-saving, procedures at no cost. Ten years and over 400 procedures later, Philos Health intends to continue improving patient outcomes through surgery.
Manna Pack Supplemental
Philos Health, with the support of the Municipal Government of Jagna, created the Manna Pack Supplemental Feeding Program to provide local children with additional means to overcome malnutrition. Every year since 2010, Philos Health has delivered Manna Packs, rice soy-based meals that contain essential vitamins and minerals, to each barangay in Jagna. Parents daily cook and serve 3,100 hot nutritious meals to the children in a group setting.
In 2010, we conducted a survey of 1100 kids and found that, using World Health Organization (WHO) standards, 30% of them were moderately to severely malnourished. In 2017, our follow-up survey found that less than 5% of kids were moderately to severely malnourished as a result of our ongoing program.
Philos Health has recently expanded its feeding program to support other groups, including seniors and expectant mothers. However, to continue this program, we need your help!
It costs about $18,000 to provide half a million meals to this community.
$5.00 buys 150 hot nutritious meals and helps eliminate malnutrition in Jagna. Help us achieve our goal and donate today!
Children’s Dental Clinic
In June 2015, Philos Health, in collaboration with the Bohol Department of Education, I CHECK, a local NGO, and Susan and Christopher Molineaux, the primary donors, established the first school-based free dental clinic in the Philippines to improve the oral health of Jagna’s children. Built on the campus of Jagna Central Elementary School, the dental clinic has treated more than 3000 students who previously have never even seen a dentist. The clinic provides teeth cleanings, fillings, sealants, fluoride treatments, extractions, and oral exams at no cost.
Additionally, Philos Health has taken steps to establish preventative health measures for oral hygiene. These steps include providing toothbrushes for children and parents, and, with the encouragement of our dental professionals, initiating mandatory, daily brushing sessions within classrooms supervised by teachers!
The clinic employs one full-time dentist and one dental aide to work five days a week. During the year, volunteer dentists from the United States, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, New Zealand, and locally within the Philippines have assisted us during our missions. Over the 5 years since its inception, the Molineaux Children’s Dental Clinic has provided over 24,000 treatments valued at $3 million to local children and intends to continue its mission to improve oral health outcomes by treating the dental problems these kids face and reducing the incidence of cavities.
The goal of creating a local radio station was to provide health information, education, and empowerment to the people of Jagna. In 2007, funded by John A. Kent of New York City, Philos Health assisted in its inception by providing most of the equipment and training the townspeople would need to run an FM radio station.
Operated by volunteers within the community, DYPJ’s programming includes music, Philippine government news, city council news, town announcements, live church services, and more. With its presence steadily increasing throughout the years, DYPJ has become the primary source of news and entertainment within the Jagna community.
The Boctol Rotary
Children’s Dental Clinic
In 2018, with the generous support of Rotary Clubs in California partnering with the Rotary Club of Cental Jagna, a new children’s dental clinic was established at Boctol Elementary School in Jagna. The new clinic provides a full range of dental treatments to the 450 kids at the elementary school and nearby schools. In the first two years of operation 2700 children have received treatments including cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, sealants and extractions.
The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club (MSBR) is the international sponsor for a Rotary global grant. In 2020, Rotary International awarded a second grant to enable the clinic to focus on treating mothers and their babies. The Clinic had found that by the time children arrived in kindergarten many already had a mouth full of cavities along with infections, abscesses and missing teeth. The Clinic was anxious to focus on preventing cavities among 5 year olds by starting education and treatment at an earlier age. With the support of this new grant, the dental team will start treating kids at 6 months of age and provide education targeting pregnant women to address this critical need.
In recognition of the generous support of Rotary, the Philos Board has renamed the Clinic as the Boctol Rotary Children’s Dental Clinic. Supporting the Clinic are rotary clubs from San Bruno, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Irvine, Burlingame, and The Rotary Club of Cental Jagna. The Clinic partners with the Bohol Department of Education and I CHECK, a local NGO.
“Our financial support to start the new dental clinic in an elementary school in Boctol allows us to invest in a better future for the community. Our continuation of support provides even more help to those who need it the most. We are delighted to work with Philos in this important project”.
~ Jill D. Fabricant, Ph.D., MBSRC International Program Chair