Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I am Rare. I am Limited.

Written by Gian Carlo Abellana, RN*

It has been two years now since we huddled the stress, deadlines, busy schedules and less night life in college. I can barely recall sleeping for an hour and then prepare myself for another hectic day. A lot of people say that college life is full of  twists and turns- a great roller coaster ride.

One thing I would not forget when I was still in college is being part of the pioneering members of the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health- Philippines (VYLH-Philippines). The said organization aims to mobilize youth towards health advocacies and among these are: Newborn Screening, Folic Acid Supplementation Campaign, and Rare or Orphan Disorders. VYLH is a network of leaders from different youth organizations based in universities and communities in the country. As part of the network, I was able to organize an information drive amongst my fellow students, imparting them awareness to such health issues in our country today. Remarkably, I did gained support from my classmates, friends, family, supervising clinical instructors, program coordinators, program dean and the rest of the populace in my university with my vision as a VYLH member.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

NBS ang Sagot! – Happy Feet partners with VYLH-UP Los Baños for NBS Advocacy

Written by  VYLH-Philippines UP Los Baños*
The Campaign Logo

With the presence of VYLH-Philippines at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, a group of senior BS Development Communication (DevComm) students was inspired to  develop a communication campaign for pregnant mothers of Barangay Mayondon, Los Baños, Laguna. The said communication campaign was part of the requirements in DEVC 180 (Communication Campaigns and Programs).

After being interested to the Newborn Screening Campaign of VYLH-Philippines, six DevComm students in the person of Peter del Rosario, Genie dela Cueva, Claire Anne Diosio, Keerleejohn Estabillo, Arjelyn Jose, and Minji Na asked the assistance of Ms. Gessa Ramos, VYLH-UPLB Coordinator and VYLH Committee Head of The UPLB Genetics Society. Their group, as well as their campaign, was named Happy Feet in order to remind how newborn screening is done and to emphasize that the babies are the real beneficiary of the campaign.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Humble Contribution: Advocacy into Policy

Written by Stephen Bryan Bongcaras* - VYLH-Philippines Bohol

RARE. The best word that I could use to describe the most recent milestone that I have achieved as a Volunteer Youth Leader (VYL) for health.

Just a brief history: I am Stephen Bryan Yu Bongcaras. An incoming senior student of Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Bohol taking up Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Last July 2010, I got a RARE chance of being chosen to represent our university for the VYLH Visayas Island-wide Camp.

"A RARE Advocate" that is how people call me in my province every time I try to lobby the advocacy of the organization since they can't believe that a volunteer-advocate like me is existing, and an organization such as VYLH-Philippines exists too! I honestly had a hard time in pursuing similar activities done by other volunteers in their area. I just wish I have someone standing with me in all efforts that I do for the organization.