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    VYLH-Philippines is a network of pro-active, service-oriented youth leaders and youth organizations linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service, to improve birth outcomes through advocacy.

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    VYLH-Philippines is a network of pro-active, service-oriented youth leaders and youth organizations linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service, to improve birth outcomes through advocacy.

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    VYLH-Philippines is a network of pro-active, service-oriented youth leaders and youth organizations linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service, to improve birth outcomes through advocacy.

  • Moving towards the Communities

    VYLH-Philippines is a network of pro-active, service-oriented youth leaders and youth organizations linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service, to improve birth outcomes through advocacy.

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    VYLH-Philippines is a network of pro-active, service-oriented youth leaders and youth organizations linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service, to improve birth outcomes through advocacy.

TeamMATES partners with VYLH on Folic acid Supplementation talk

A series of educational discussions were conducted at Barangay San Enrique, San Lorenzo, Guimaras at the barangay session hall last April 25.

In line with their Project TAMA,  TeamMATE members Melvie Repospolo and Joser Barcelona discussed topics on Nutrition in Ages and Nutrition in Disaster Feeding.  With a special talk on Folic acid supplementation and Nutrition for Pregnant Mothers by TeamMATE member and Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) advocate Ulah Lynn Arancillo (Hayaw, 2018). 

“I was amazed that one needs to eat 200 apples in order to complete the daily 400 µg folic acid requirement”- said Jimmy Lobaton, Brgy. Kagawad. The attendees were enlightened on the importance of folic acid supplementation for pregnant women as it can reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects.  

The talk was attended by our core group, Nutristars, which composed of barangay officials and BHWs. The barangay health center, specifically the BHWs were then given brochures on folic acid supplementation for them to hand it out to mothers during their prenatal check-up. 

With this we are thanking our health partner, Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health - Philippines (VYLH), for providing us lecture materials and brochures on Folic acid Supplementation and Preconception Health. 

Brgy. San Enrique, San Lorenzo
Province of Guimaras





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IHG, VYLH and PPS hold first local webinar on Birth Defects

MANILA – The Institute of Human Genetics (IHG), National Institutes of Health – UP Manila, Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) – Philippines, and the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) – Section of Genetics held a webinar on birth defects last March 4, 2019. Clinical geneticist and Metabolic specialist Dr. Mary Ann R. Abacan of the UP College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital presented a talk entitled “Birth Defects: Why it Matters”. The webinar on birth defects is the first webinar organized by VYLH-Philippines together with its partners. The activity was held in observance of the 5th World Birth Defects Day.

In her talk, Dr. Abacan gave an introduction on birth defects particularly its definition, etiology and types. She also focused on the stages of fetal development. Dr. Abacan stressed that by the time a woman finds out that she is pregnant, most of the vital organs of the fetus has already been formed. Moving towards the prevention of birth defects, examples of teratogens or disruptors of fetal development were also discussed. Dr. Abacan also discussed modifiable risk factors which are important in the prevention of preventable birth defects. 


The full video of the webinar is available online in the VYLH-Philippines Facebook Page.


World Birth Defects Day or #WorldBDday in social media, is held every March 3. The campaign aims to promote birth defects awareness and expand birth defects research, prevention, surveillance and care worldwide. In 2019, the global campaign used another hashtag, #ManyBirthDefects1Voice, to highlight the diversity of birth defects, their global occurrence and the need for global awareness and action. It is known that every year, about 8 million babies worldwide are born with a serious birth defect, and about 3 million of them will die before their fifth birthday.

On the other hand, a one-hour international webinar is scheduled to be organized by the World Health Organization and the March of Dimes on March 22 (15:00 CET/22:00 or 10:00 PM Philippine Time). Dr. Allisyn Moran of WHO, and Dr. Salimah Walani of MOD will serve as the meeting moderators. 

Dr. Abacan is the Cluster Adviser of VYLH-Philippines NCR-South Luzon Cluster.#RPascual




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#YouthForHealth: Why talk about RARE?

Photo: Care For Rare Dumaguete
We’ve seen it in posters in maternity clinics and hospitals. Our government has been actively campaigning to detect some of it through expanded newborn screening, but some mothers never understood the purpose of such a process. 

Rare diseases can be a silent, deadly killer because only few understood how it attacks. There are over 6,000 rare diseases that affect over 300 million people worldwide. Each condition has an impact on everyday life, including the need for a daily care routine. Managing these care-related tasks alongside their usual daily activities such as work, school and leisure time can be challenging.

Despite all of these, rare diseases are also rarely talked about in the media. The issue has been neglected by significant media here and abroad. Organizations that lobby for more support and resources for the cause have been having a hard time for the past few years.

We asked some Cebuano members of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health - Philippines, a collaboration of youth leaders and organizations in universities and communities throughout the Philippines, on why it is essential to talk about rare diseases.

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Kayzel J. Maata, 19
BS Biology student
University of the Philippines Cebu

Building awareness about rare diseases is so important because this can truly help those who are affected. Rare diseases affect just a few individuals and pharmaceutical companies don't give much attention to developing treatments because they know that not so many people would need and buy them. Certainly, this is an unfair thing for patients with rare diseases. Thus, awareness should be raised to address their needs, so that care and treatments would be made available for them.

Lance Beniga, 19
BS Biology student
University of the Philippines Cebu

It is important to talk about rare diseases because these kinds of diseases are only known by few people. By that, pharmaceutical companies do not give that much attention about the cure because of its lesser reach. As members [of VYLH-Philippines], we believe that it is important to advocate for the care and needs of rare disease patients.  It is hoped that through an information drive, the public will be aware of such diseases. And by that, pharmaceutical companies will be obliged to find such cure.

Gale Rizarri Enad, 20
BS Nursing student
University of Cebu

It is important to talk about rare diseases so that people will know that rare diseases exist. They should also have health care treatment and receive budget allocation for research similar to other more known diseases.

Marius Eldrid A. Bohol, 19
BS Nursing student
University of Cebu

We should talk about rare disease because it may significantly affect a person's well-being. The percentage may be very tiny, as it is rare, but we still need to talk about this because our future children might have this. This can affect anyone including the person reading this or their loved ones. Through talking about this concern in the society, we can inform, educate, and communicate the possible ways of providing care and lessening the burden of the disease among patient families in the community. With the simple act of talking about the rare disease, one may change a person's future.

Ma. Angelica Haictin, 19
BS Biology student
University of the Philippines Cebu

We should talk about these because our indifference is just as deadly, if not worse, than the actual rare diseases themselves. It's not a solution, but talking about rare diseases means acknowledging that there is a problem, and we need to do something about it.

Atthea Jane Lepiten, 19
BS Radiologic Technology student
Cebu Doctors University

Rare diseases only happen to one in thousands of children. Ironically speaking, it is rare but it should be tackled and talked by more people. The disease can kill a child on a whim without them even knowing.

Roda Gayle Rañada, 20
BS Chemical Engineering student
Cebu Institute of Technology - University

Rare diseases should be talked about because it is not much known especially to the common folk. People should know that they exist and be aware of the journey of the people that are affected by these. We should support and be there for them because their struggle is also our struggle, as well. I believe that we should not be ignorant of matters like these because we are part of a growing society that nurtures and cares for one another.

Claire Angelie Z. Sadicon, 20
BS Pharmacy student
University of San Carlos

Only a few people know about rare diseases. Often, people misunderstood and mislabeled them as "abnormal." Even with just this reason, it shows how important it is to talk about rare diseases or the people who have these diseases.

Patients with rare diseases also get neglected most of the time, and this is unfair because they deserve the same quality of care as any other patient. It is essential that these should be talked about because these things matter. As Dr. Tolar said, “It is easy to dismiss rare diseases as something that can never happen to you, to your family. But to the family impacted, it doesn’t matter that it’s a rare disease. It’s the disease that changes their life." (University of Minnesota, 2017)

Niño Jan Vergara Miole, 21
BS Nursing student
University of Cebu

As a nursing student, it is my advocacy to bring health-related matters to the forefront of societal endeavors to bring its awareness in the limelight. After all, health is a fundamental right, not a privilege. I believe that we can create a healthier Philippines if everyone has the desire to become active participants of their health.

Talking about rare disorders isn't for show. It transcends superficial discussions and elevates the bar of competency of mothers in improving their care to their children. It transformed them to become empowered individuals to take action, and that is the cornerstone of having a healthy life. Rare disorders are not taboo. Be open to sharing your rare, and show that you care.

Klein Rowen N. Cantiveros, 25
Nurse
Department of Health Region VII

It is relevant to talk about rare diseases to increase awareness. Aside from that, people need to know that these cases are present and are left untreated due to poor financial support. Also to give hope to families that they are not alone in this battle and that there are people willing to help them.

Neil Christian General, 24
Faculty Member
University of Cebu

It is very important for us to talk about rare diseases because these are the diseases that no one, or only a few, cares about. We need to raise everyone's awareness on these conditions as the treatment and medicines for these conditions are normally very expensive. And, on a business standpoint, pharmaceutical companies cannot earn much from formulating drugs for these diseases as there is no enough demand. As such, there is a need for us to support the families of those affected and in a way, by being their voice.
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The youth have produced significant contributions throughout the years, but they are often neglected because of their age. The youth may be judged inexperienced and naive, but if society will listen to their suggestions, everyone can learn a lot from them.

As cliche as it may sound, but the youth indeed is the hope of the nation. The people of yesterday should listen to the people of today because the future does not only rely on their actions. Future generations will also carry the burden of the mistakes being done today. 

Perhaps, it is time to listen to them again!


Written and compiled by Maurice Jitty Villaester 

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Maurice is a Master of Development Communication student via distance learning from the University of the Philippines Open University. A native of Baril, Cebu, he joined VYLH in 2018 as part of Batch Hayaw.

Ed RPascual
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10th National Rare Disease Week to focus on “Bridging Health and Social Care”



On February 22-28, the Philippines will be celebrating the 10th National Rare Disease Week. Together with the rest of the world, the country will also observe World Rare Disease Day on February 28 with the theme “Bridging Health and Social Care”. The theme highlights the need to bridge the gaps in coordinating medical, social and support services in order to tackle the challenges that people living with a rare disease and their families around the world face every day.

There are over 6,000 rare diseases that affect over 300 million people worldwide. Each disease has an impact on everyday life, including the need for a daily care routine. For most people living with a rare disease, as well as their family members or carers, the reality of daily life can include any combination of the following: collecting and taking medicines, attending appointments, participating in physical therapy, using specialist equipment and accessing various social and community support services and respite care. Managing these care-related tasks alongside their usual daily activities such as work, school and leisure time can be challenging.

Most rare disease patients have difficulties in completing basic daily tasks. As a result, the majority of care is usually coordinated by people living with a rare disease and their family members who spend a significant amount of time organizing care. Organizing care can involve researching local services, making phone calls, accessing treatments and rehabilitation, handling administrative procedures and adapting the home or work space. It becomes a complex and frustrating process, especially when a lack of coordination across services means having to repeat the same information over and over again. Communication between different services needs to improve so that services are delivered efficiently to meet the patients’ best interests.

This year also marks the third year since the enactment of the Rare Diseases Act of the Philippines (RA 10747) – a key legislation for the care and welfare of the Filipino rare disease patient by institutionalizing a comprehensive, integrative, and sustainable system that will facilitate the collaboration of government and non-government agencies, private sector, professional health organization, and academic institutions. Together with the recent enactment of the Universal Health Care Act (RA 11223), it is hoped that the delivery of services and government support for rare disease patients will improve as this law takes full effect in the coming years.

The annual observance of Rare Disease Day culminates National Rare Disease Week. Now on its 12th year, celebrating Rare Disease Day provides an opportunity to be part of a global call on policy makers, healthcare professionals, and care services to better coordinate all aspects of care for people living with a rare disease. #

To learn more about this year's social media campaign, visit www.psod.org.ph or the National Rare Disease Week - Philippines Facebook page bit.ly/NRDWnote2019





Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc.
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PhilHealth introduces Expanded Newborn Care Package

In support of the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Inc., or PhilHealth, recently released PhilHealth Circular No. 2018-0021, expanding its coverage of essential health services for newborns.

In the circular, which will take effect on January 5, 2019, the PhilHealth introduced the enhanced Newborn Care Package, increasing the amount of coverage from PHP 1,750.00 to PHP 2,950.00. The new
cost pays for supplies for essential newborn care, such as Vitamin K, eye ointment, and vaccines for hepatitis B and BCG. Included also are the Expanded Newborn Screening (ENBS) Test, Newborn Hearing Screening Test, and fees for attending professionals. 

The PhilHealth circular provides that the enhanced package shall be dispensed to qualified newborns delivered in all accredited health care institutions that perform deliveries and provide newborn care, which include hospitals, infirmaries/dispensaries, and birthing homes/lying-in clinics.

To ensure entitlement to the said benefit, newborns need to be in the facility for at least 24 hours after birth, except those who warrant immediate referral to a higher level facility. The state health insurer encouraged all active and expecting PhilHealth members to avail themselves of the said package in order to provide newborns with the needed services that will help reduce morbidity and mortality while reducing health care costs associated with treatment of lifelong debilitating conditions.

Published in Newborn Screening
Official Newsletter of the Newborn Screening Reference Center
NSRC-NIH, UP Manila
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VYLH Central Luzon spearheads "Prick or Treat"


ANGELES CITY - Truly, the scariest thing for parents is not knowing if their child has a heritable disorder that may cost him his entire future. The first “treat” they can give their child is to have them screened through Expanded Newborn Screening in order to diagnose congenital metabolic disorders that may cause mental retardation or early death, if left untreated.

For this reason, VYLH-Philippines Central Luzon started a social media information dissemination campaign during Halloween in order to inform parents of the importance of Expanded Newborn Screening. The volunteers, headed by Dr. Ron Allan Cardona Quimado, changed their social media profile pictures using the Prick or Treat frame designed by Patrice Gayle Lumbang, a VYLH and a student nurse from Tarlac State University.

The volunteers also urged their friends, families and colleagues to do the same in order to expand the scope of the information campaign.# 


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Author Nikki D. Dela Cruz, RN (NSC-CL)
Editor RPascual

Nikki is a registered nurse and Project Development Officer at the Newborn Screening Center - Central Luzon. An alumna of Angeles University Foundation, she joined NSC-CL in 2013.   

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DOH-RO3, VYLH hold Central Luzon Regional Camp anew


To be a volunteer, one does not necessarily need to have so much time in their hands and excessive resources. One only needs to have a heart full of compassion and a helping hand that is unselfishly caring for others.

Students and faculty members from different universities, and nurses under the Nurse Deployment Project from the different provinces of Central Luzon accepted the challenge of becoming part of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines (VYLH-Philippines) during the three-day camp held last October 26-28, 2018 at the La Vista Inland Resort in Balanga Bataan. The regional camp was organized by the Department of Health Regional Office of Central Luzon (DOH-RO 3), Newborn Screening Center Central Luzon (NSC-CL) and Institute of Human Genetics – NIH, UP Manila. 

The camp was the third leg for the VYLH-Philippines Batch Hayaw and the second regional camp held in Central Luzon (Region 3). The first VYLH camp in the region was held last October 2016 and produced volunteers under Batch Kabilin. Active volunteers from the first camp joined youth volunteers from VYLH-Philippines CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) and NCR-SL (National Capital Region and South Luzon) in facilitating the camp. 

The first two days of the event were comprised of a series of lectures, team building activities and interactive workshops which greatly helped the volunteers prepare themselves for the challenges that they may face in the future when promoting the advocacies of the organization. Sharing of best practices of volunteers from senior batches in different levels (university, community, hospital-based) and different provinces was done in order to inspire the new generation of VYLs to maximize their abilities in the pursuit of widening the scope of people informed about the organization’s advocacies and their importance.

The campers also showcased their talents and wit during the talent expo and Mr. and Ms. Hayaw. Before the end of the second night, the participants swore their commitment to uphold the objectives of the organization and lit their candles of commitment.



On the last day of the camp, provincial representatives composed of one NDP and one student per province were selected. The very energetic and enthusiastic Dr. Ron Allan Quimado, MPM was chosen to be the regional adviser of Central Luzon. Dr. Quimado was the former Doctor-to-the-Barrio and Municipal Health Officer of Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija where the first community-based VYLH organization, K4Health, was formed. The volunteers also showed their fellow campers the richness of each province’s culture by presenting a song/dance number unique to their community.

Towards the end of the activity, the participants learned that though they have small individual voices, together they can create buzz online and on-the-ground, and help our future generations reach their maximum potential by advocating for expanded newborn screening, informing adolescents  and Filipinos in the reproductive age about preconception health and the importance of folic acid supplementation, and showing support and care for those born with rare disorders.

Those from the senior batches warmly welcomed the new volunteers of Batch Hayaw to the continuously expanding VYLH family. Hayaw is a Visayan term for rise or emerge. The new volunteers, like their predecessors, are expected to be the new age "superheroes" destined to help save Filipino babies from mental retardation and early death.#
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Author Nikki D. Dela Cruz, RN (NSC-CL)
Editor RPascual

Nikki is a registered nurse and Project Development Officer at the Newborn Screening Center - Central Luzon. An alumna of Angeles University Foundation, she joined NSC-CL in 2013.   

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Health Secretary announces strong commitments to Newborn Screening

“I pledge the full support of the DOH for 100% coverage of newborn screening as we work together on delivering on our promise for quality healthcare for our people.”

This is the commitment made by Health Secretary Francisco Duque in a speech delivered by Assistant Health Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during the 16th Annual Newborn Screening Convention held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, on October 8-9, 2018, a few days after the celebration of the National Newborn Screening Week.

Duque announced the bold commitments made by DOH to attain the following targets by 2030: at least 95% national coverage of the expanded newborn screening and 100% coverage of the enhanced Newborn Care Package to include ENBS as approved by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Inc (PHIC) Board.

Dr. Mary Antonette Yason-Remonte, Millennium Development Goals Team Leader of the PHIC, seconded the announcement. According to Remonte, since the launching of the PHIC Newborn Care Package in 2006, many newborns have been receiving health services namely essential newborn care, birth doses of BCG and Hepatitis B vaccine, and newborn screening and hearing tests. She stated that through the years, PHIC has implemented several mechanisms to increase the access of newborns to health services. In line with PHIC’s role in achieving the goals of Universal Health Care, she happily announced that PHIC is currently drafting the guidelines to expand the services covered by the Newborn Care Package.

Themed “ENBS: A Recommitment to Saving Lives,” this year’s National Newborn Screening Convention gathered around 2000 health professionals and newborn screening advocates from across the country. It was organized by the Newborn Screening Society of the Philippines, Inc. (NSSPI) and the Newborn Screening Reference Center (NSRC), National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila.

The National Convention, held every year in October, convenes participants from different health professions i.e., doctors, nurses, midwives, medical technologists, and hospital administrators, to learn from local and international experts, program consultants, and implementers.

This year’s convention was a huge success in terms of attendance and in meeting its goal of serving as an excellent opportunity to reignite commitment to saving Filipino babies from mental retardation and death. The two-day convention, headed by NSSPI President Ephraim Neal Orteza and Over-all Chair Dr. Maria Melanie Liberty Alcausin, offered participants a total of 14 plenary sessions and two simultaneous presentations.

Following Orteza’s welcome remarks, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Executive Director Eva Cutiongco-de la Paz delivered a special message affirming the commitment of NIH to the newborn screening program through relevant researches to improve the screening and management of newborns with metabolic and genetic disorders in the country. 

Five plenary sessions kicked off the convention. Orteza presented the status of newborn screening in the country while posting some challenges to be addressed by the program. Disease Prevention and Control Bureau OIC-Director Rodolfo Antonio Albornoz revealed the NBS roadmap, highlighting the Strategic Framework for Newborn Screening for the next 13 years. Part of this was Remonte’s presentation of the proposed expanded services of the PHIC’s Newborn Care Package. 

Ma. Elouisa Reyes, Program Support Unit Head, discussed the role of the Newborn Screening Reference Center of the UPM-NIH as technical arm of the DOH in the newborn screening program. The mechanisms for implementing the newborn screening policies by the different program stakeholders were presented by Dr. Renilyn Reyes, Western Visayas Regional Newborn Screening Program Manager for the DOH Regional Offices; Cardinal Santos Medical Center NBS Coordinator Cynthia Marissa Clemente for Newborn Screening Facilities; Newborn Screening Center – National Institutes of Health Unit Head Dr. Anna Lea Elizaga for Newborn Screening Centers; and NSRC Long Term Follow up Coordinator Alcausin for NBS Continuity Clinics. 

Day two of the convention featured sets of plenary and simultaneous sessions. UP Manila Chancellor and NSSPI Founding President Dr. Carmencita Padilla gave a brief overview of Newborn Screening worldwide, including recent trends and developments in Asia, and its expansion in the United States. Newborn Foundation Chief Executive Officer Annamarie Saarinen shared her advocacy on screening babies for critical congenital heart diseases (CCHD) via pulse oximetry. She presented the trends on (CCHD) and shared the advantages of screening.

The rest of the plenary sessions focused on the following disorders included in the newborn screening panel: Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (G6PD), Alpha Thalassemia, Fatty Acid Disorders, Amino Acid Disorders, and Organic Acid Disorders. The presentations were made by Dr. Maria Beatriz Gepte, G6PD Deficiency Expert Committee Chair; Dr. Reynaldo de Castro, Hemoglobinopathies Expert Committee Chair; Dr. Mary Ann Abacan, Metabolic Disorders Expert Committee Member; Dr. Leniza de Castro-Hamoy, Geneticist at the Institute of Human Genetics; and Dr. Mary Anne Chiong, Metabolic Disorders Expert Committee Chair, respectively.

In the afternoon, the convention featured breakout sessions on the following topics: Administrative Management in Newborn Screening by NSRC Quality Assurance Consultant Dr. Florencio Dizon and and NSC-Visayas Program Manager Yugie Caroline Demegillo; Enhancing Newborn Screening through Prompt Confirmation of Screened Positive Cases in Cordillera Administrative Region by Dizon and Ensuring Quality Testing in the Laboratory by NSC-Central Luzon Laboratory Manager Jerome R. Comelio; and actual cases encountered at the short-term follow up level by NSRC Consultant Dr. Sylvia Estrada and long-term follow-up level by Alcausin.  

Succeeding plenary session presenters included Dr. Karen June Ventilacion, Region 6 Newborn Screening Continuity Clinic Follow up Head who emphasized the need to improve recall rate and compliance to treatment, monitor physical growth, do more Parent’s Evaluation of Development Status (PEDS) surveillance, and gather more data among patients eligible for school.

The last three sessions included a talk by Dr. Anthony Calibo, OIC-Division Chief, Children’s Health Development Division, DPCB-DOH, on the integration of ENBS and Rare Disease in Child Health and Nutrition Programs. He emphasized that global and national documents exist to address the rights of children, including children with disabilities. He stressed that the health managers, health and nutrition service providers and child development workers have the responsibility of ensuring an integrated approach to deliver the services for infants, children, and adolescents. 

Padilla updated the audience about the Rare Disease Act, which was enacted in 2016. She shared the highlights of the law and updated the crowd on the plans to set up 14 Rare Disease Centers nationwide that will include a team composed of clinical geneticists, pediatrician/family physician, genetic counselors, nurse, and dietitian.

Remonte discussed the new benefit packages from PhilHealth including the recently implemented Expanded Primary Care Benefit and the enhanced Newborn Care Package. She stated that the package for rare diseases is on the pipeline of PHIC. It is stipulated in the Rare Diseases Act, or Republic Act 14707, that a basic benefit package will be given by PHIC that is currently looking into the finalized standards and costing of services.

The convention left the attendees and participants with vast knowledge and ideas on how to improve newborn screening implementation in their localities. 

Drs. Barbra Cavan, Bernadette Mendoza, April Grace Berboso, Conchita Abarquez and Kristin Grace Gonzalez moderated the sessions. Orteza officially thanked the sponsors, organizing committee members, program partners and participants that made the convention a success. He expressed optimism and looks forward to the implementation of the expansion of Newborn Care Package before the end of 2018.#

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Newborn Screening Convention
c/o Newborn Screening Reference Center-NIH, UP Manila / Newborn Screening Society of the Philippines
Published in the Philippine Star
14 October 2018

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