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VYLH-Philippines Takes NBS Week 2013 Coast to Coast

Written by Christine Querubin
Cluster Coordinator
VYLH-Philippines NCR-South Luzon

It was truly a nationwide event.

The Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VLYH)–Philippines kicked off this year’s Newborn Screening
(NBS) Week with a bang as volunteers from all over the country united via social media campaigns and
simultaneous distribution of NBS pink brochures.

The Network’s members changed their profile pictures to an NBS-themed photo on Facebook and tweeted daily posts about NBS with the hashtag #NBSsaves on Twitter and other social media platforms from October 1 to 5. (Related Post: NBS Week 2013 Activities)

The VYLH-North Luzon Cluster conducted lectures about newborn screening to the youth in various barangays. Robin Albino, a volunteer from Nueva Ecija, had a meeting with barangay health workers in promoting NBS and folic acid supplementation and informed mothers about the importance of Newborn Screening throughout the week.

Meanwhile, Jasper Jover, a volunteer from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, together with other VYLH members who are taking up MS Genetic Counseling,participated in the 2013 NBS Convention. Jover re-echoed his insights to the NCR-South Luzon Cluster members. Pink NBS brochures were also distributed all week by members from Pasig and Laguna.

In the Visayas, the VYLH-Visayas Cluster maximized the use of media platforms to advocate newborn screening. Israel Salanga, a volunteer from Bacolod City, had live interviews at radio stations Asksyon Radyo and Love Radio. He was also interviewed regarding NBS in the Daily Bulletin, a local newspaper in Negros. Salanga also initiated a talk on the importance of youth participation in health advocacy during the SK Bacolod Youth Forum.

Down south, VYLH-Mindanao celebrated the week-long event with lectures and distribution of brochures. Robin Ramos, a volunteer from Bukidnon, conducted a seminar to pregnant and pre-natal mothers at the City Health Office of Valencia, Bukidon. A quiz bowl on newborn screening was also held at the Valencia Sanitarium and Hospital. Another volunteer from Bukidnon, Plendy Catalan, distributed pink NBS brochures and signature campaign sheets at Mountain View College. Jeb Saludar, a volunteer from Davao City, spearheaded a health education orientation at Davao City Hall and gave a set of lectures at Southern Philippines Medical Center. Volunteers from Davao City had local media promotions via Radyo ni Juan and Radyo Rapido.

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