This country profile is the outcome of a landscape assessment conducted by APC staff and colleagues. The landscape assessment includes specific attention to family planning with the purpose of collecting the most up to date information available on the community health system, community health workers, and community health services in country. These country profiles are part of APC's Community Health Systems Catalog, a resource intended for ministries of health, program managers, researchers, and donors.
APC awarded Physicians for Peace one of the Child Blindness grants to expand the reach of their existing vision care program to elementary school children and indigenous Filipinos in underserved areas throughout the Philippines.
This memorandum details the overall direction in the provision of DOH support to BHWs as partners in local health system development and defines the new roles of BHWs in helping attain the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This press release reports that Physicians for Peace has received a $130,000 grant to provide vision care to impoverished children in the Philippines. With this award, Physicians for Peace will expand its vision care program, improving the lives of significantly more children.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), RBI builds the capacity of community health workers to administer Primary Eye Care. RBI partners with local government units to provide Primary Eye Care training and screenings nationwide. The organization also partners with local colleges of optometry to work with students for their practicum. Additionally, the program purchases the equipment and low vision devices for a Low Vision Center at the Department of Health Hospital, East Avenua Medicant Center in the Philippines.
Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI) is a Christian, non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides services, trainings, materials, and equipment for vision treatment across the Philippines. The Philippines has an estimated half a million blind individuals as well as thousands more who are visually impaired. The leading causes of vision problems among children in the Philippines are preventable, such as poor nutrition, measles, and premature birth. Detecting and treating these symptoms early can help improve vision and prevent blindness.