Pap Smear and Breast Examination
Screening and tests are conducted at different locations in the Province of Cebu. During the year of, there were free Pap Smear programs conducted at different locations in Cebu Province. The main program partners were Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (RAFI-EJACC), Integrated Midwives’ Association of the Philippines – Cebu Midwives’ Clinic Inc. (ICMCI), Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and the Local Government Units.
This is a campaign to get more people to be aware of the importance of early cancer detection and prevention. At the same time, it is a tribute to the victims and survivors of breast cancer. Through this activity, women will be informed that they should undergo breast self-examination at the age of 20, clinical breast examination at the age of 30, and regular yearly mammography screening for women aged 40 years old and above.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Cebuano women, based on the Cebu population-based Cancer Registry of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., (RAFI) an NGO collating statistics of cancer cases. This awareness activity is held every October (Pink October) of every year.
The DMFI has an affiliation agreement with the Golden Center, a charity set up by doctors to help provide medical treatments for senior citizens in the Cebu region. At their center hundreds of senior citizens come for medical tests, vaccinations and help with any and all medical conditions. The Center is headed up by Dr. Amparo Florida.
Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center
Driven to help women and children, especially the ones inflicted with life threatening diseases, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. – Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (RAFI-EJACC), has been partnering with different sectors, such as DSWD, IMCI, VSMMC, CCMC and DMFI in carrying-out their programs; lectors and trainings in cancer awareness, outreach programs – Pap Smear, Moonwalk and assistance to women and children with cancer with good prognosis.
The Destiny Medical Fund (DMFI) supports the programs of the RAFI-EJACC. DMFI has been helping the RAFI-EJACC in their cancer awareness seminars, in conducting free pap smear in areas where women had not yet received such medical services.
(Picture) Danny Dozier, President of Children’s Cancer Aid and Research Institute, a US charity, meets with 2 children that received prosthesis donated by Destiny Medical Fund, in partnership with CCARI.
Talisay District Hospital
The DMFI has been awarded as Talisay District Hospital’s “PERPETUAL BENEFACTOR” in their grateful Recognition and Appreciation of the Time, Effort, and continuous support extended to the hospital. DMFI has helped Talisay District Hospital during the Department of Health activities, upgrading programs and celebrations aligned with the thrusts of the KALUSUGAN PANGKALAHATAN (Health for All under President’s Health Program).
Esperanza de Vida Project
Provides medical supplies, medical equipment and humanitarian aid to be used by those in need in hospitals and clinics in Guatemala that treat cancer and other degenerative diseases. The hospitals and clinics provide much needed medical care to many of the needy and disadvantaged people of their areas; charging only the minimum amount, or in most cases nothing, for fees needed to provide the medical care. The regions they serve are some of the over twenty targeted areas by the World Health Organization to combat various degenerative diseases. Some diseases are spreading at epidemic rates. The lack of properly equipped medical facilities and medical supplies further contributes to the ongoing challenge of saving lives. Esperanza De Vida distributes medical supplies to 5 hospitals in the Zacapa Region that treat approximately 60,000 diabetics, 23,000 cancer patients and 25,000 children yearly. www.hopeoflifeintl.org
The locations where Cervical and Breast Cancer Examination are conducted:
IMAP Cebu Midwife Clinic Consolacion, Cebu
Lorega, Cebu City CCMC OPD ICMCI ICMCI March - CCMC OPD OPPRA, Kalunasan
Lapu-Lapu City Tipolo, Mandaue City IMAP Cebu Midwife Clinic
ICMCI Cubacub, Mandaue City
Mandaue City Poblacion, San Fernando Sugarlandia, Bacayan C.C.
Mandaue City Balamban Cebu
Kawit,Medellin Cebu Lapu-Lapu City Mandaue City Sports Complex
Bogo, Cebu Looc Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City
Raquels Birthing Home Raquels Birthing Home Philippine Air Force
Barangay Health Centers
All government hospitals and medical institutions are already overcrowded and by continuing to accept patients, which they cannot handle, the delivery of health care is therefore compromised. Due to this overcrowding, it is not surprising to see more than 2 or more patients on a bed in certain wards of the hospital. The DMFI sees the need to decongest the bigger health care facilities by strengthening the small health centers in the barangay by providing first-aid supplies (gauze, plasters, syringes) and the most basic equipment, like nebulizers, blood glucometers and bp apparatus. This is intended to reduce patients from going to the bigger medical institutions for minor medical care and therefore ease the burden so they may better handle more vital medical procedures.
Curing Begins With A Caring Heart
Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) Area Based Network (ABSNET), is a networking arm which aims to gather all the Non-Government Organization around the Central Visayas, registered and non- registered foundations, which focuses on community, residential and social services, to meet with each other and build relationships and be able to help in accomplishing the foundation’s programs. The DMFI has been an active member since 2011 but registered and licensed since the year 2006.
Since our active membership with the DSWD-ABSNET, we have been able to widen our scope of areas to help the needy. We were able to donate to the people affected by Typhoon Sendong, which devastated Cagayan de Oro City, with medical supplies for use in the field hospitals put up by the Philippine Red Cross for victims of Super Typhoon Bopha which killed over 1,000 people in Compostela Valley in Davao del Sur in December 2012.
VINCENTE SOTO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
The medical center is the largest public cancer treatment hospital in the Province of Cebu. This 850-bed capacity medical center is under the Dept. of Health (DOH) an social workers assigned to the center issues certifications that the individual patient belongs to the poor and marginalized sector. The doctors from the VSMMC are also the ones who are conducting the free pap smear and breast self examinations and medications. Being partners, the hospital also participates in conducting trainings for health workers to teach Breast-Self Examination (BSE) and learn about cervical cancer to continue educating women in different localities. DMFI likewise provides support for trainings, lectures and forums relating to cancer prevention and promotes the importance of early detection.
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