Wednesday, September 25, 2013

VYLH-Philippines pilots a Hospital-based organization: The VSH experience

Written by Robin Charles Ramos

It has been the mission of the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines to expand its network all over the country. Likewise, it has been the desire of every volunteer to help in involving additional youth leaders and organizations to the advocacy. In the past, the network has focused on reaching to school and community-based organizations.

With these, I sought the opportunity to orient and train the nurses of Valencia Sanitarium and Hospital Foundation, Inc. (VSH) and  to create an NBS Team in the hospital. Through their active participation, the plan to pilot a hospital-based organization, a VYLH-Philippines Hospital Chapter, materialized. This type of local network of volunteers and health providers aims to empower its members in influencing the whole community of Valencia and its neighboring municipalities in Bukidnon. This will be possible in the participation of volunteers in the medical outreach and strategic programs conducted by the hospital. Through these ride-on activities, volunteers can easily promote not only newborn screening but also other advocacies of the Network, such as folic acid supplementation and support to Filipinos with rare disorders.
(Read more on VYLH-Philippines Advocacies).



Recently, the hospital launched its Newborn Screening Program last July 5. The event was graced by the Newborn Screening Program Coordinator of the City Health Office of Valencia City, Dr. Juniver Flores (Medical Officer IV). The program aims to make the hospital the center of the Newborn Screening Program in the City of Valencia and the Province of Bukidnon.


Through the full support and constant collaboration with government agencies and non-government organizations, youth organizations, other stakeholders, the hospital administration and its employees, the members of the VYLH chapter in VSH will continue its commitment and its involvement in advancing the advocacy in saving the future of our babies from mental retardation and early death. 
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Robin Charles Ramos is a Master in  Business Adminitsration graduate of the Cor Jesu College  in Digos City, Davao del Sur. He is also currently employed as a  Human Resources Department  staff at the Valencia Sanitarium and Hospital in Bukidnon. He is also an alumnus of  South Philippine  Adventist College where he completed his degree in Business Administration. Robin  became affiliated to the network during the 2010 Mindanao Island-wide Youth Camp.

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