Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Journey through Life

Feature Article submitted in celebration of the 2010 Newborn Screening Week.

Who would have thought that at this very young age of mine I would be able to help other people in a very simple way? Well, it might be destiny. Some people might say that volunteerism and advocating is a heck of a thing but for me, it is PASSION, SERVICE and a sense of being HUMAN.

I am Gian Carlo Zambrano-Abellana, 21 years of age, VYLH Founding Member from Mindanao and a Newborn Screening Advocate.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Youth Leaders Campaign for Newborn Screening

Written by Ryan John Pascual*
Originally published as the VYLH-Philippines 2010 NBS Month Newspaper Feature 
(Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 17, 2010)

In line with the intensive advocacy of Newborn Screening, Folic Acid Supplementation and Rare Disease among the general public, the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) was organized with the aim of mobilizing the youth towards health work. VYLH is a network of different organizations based in universities and communities in the Philippines. This novel undertaking is part of an international effort to establish the Global Network for Maternal and Infant Health (GNMIH) participated by youth counterparts in China and Lebanon linked by the common interest of volunteerism and public service to improve birth outcomes worldwide through advocacy.

Since its inception in July 2009, the network has been conducting school- and community-based activities geared towards increasing public awareness in saving babies from death and mental retardation through newborn screening promotion. VYLH members also campaign the importance of folic acid supplementation in the prevention of birth defects and preterm births. VYLH community leaders had been partners with their Rural Health Units in conducting promotional and educational activities in the communities.

Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health - Philippines Mindanao Island-wide Camp
Brokenshire Resort and Convention Center, Madapo, Davao City
July 30 - August 1, 2010