2017 The Philippines Chinese Medicine Service Trip

Project by : Chinese Medicine For All

29%

funded

US$1,522

backed of US$5,156 goal

10 days

to go

Launched: 1 Dec 2016

Funding ends: 29 Jan 2017

Our Mission

"2017 The Philippines Chinese Medicine Service Trip" is an overseas pro bono Chinese Medicine service program organized by undergraduates of Chinese Medicine in the Chinese University of Hong Kong associated with "Chinese Medicine for All (CMA)". Registered Chinese Medicine practitioners will lead senior students to provide volunteer medical service in Philippines from 29th Jan to 5th Feb 2017. We hope to achieve the following goals: 

1. Serve local patients and promote Chinese Medicine. 

2. Enhance students' clinical skills. 

3. Pass on the spirit of benevolence.

 

Our Project

In this project, we are going to cooperate with Infanta Integrated Community Development Assistance Inc. (ICDAI). ICDAI is a non-governmental organization located at Infanta, which is on the east coast of Luzon. They will arrange suitable venues and recruit patients for the project. 

Due to the destructive typhoon and flooding in 2004, Infanta is currently under an adverse economy condition and has an inadequate healthcare support. Chinese medicine, being cost-effective, convenient and simple, is thus perfectly competent to serve the patients in Infanta.

Our team includes 10 senior undergraduate students in Chinese Medicine, 5 registered Chinese medicine practitioners. The money raised will be allocated to the service trip, including airfare, transportation, basic accommodation, medical supplies. We sincerely hope that you will support our project, together with Infanta.

 

Medical Facts of Infanta 

According to the 2008 government statistics, the population of Infanta was 62,000. The main income was come from agriculture, average 100 peso a day per person (equal to HK$500 monthly income per person), which basic living could be maintained. In case of high blood pressure patients, they have to use 900 peso for the medicine a month, i.e. 30% of monthly income. 
 
As a result of the low Government investment for medical service in Infanta, the facilities and services provided are relatively obsolete. When feeling sick, people would buy patent medicine or find herbal medicine by themselves rather than consult the doctors in the local hospital. For serious cases, they would go to the hospital in Manila directly, where is 5 hours far by car from the town, if the patient can afford the costs. For the poor, they can only pray and wait for the miracle at home. 
 
The Government District Hospital in Infanta, staffed with 4 doctors and 10 nurses, is responsible for providing both in-patient and out-patient services for the six towns around. There are 15 wards with 25 beds. Only 1 doctor can be put on duty every day, but at the same time, the number of patient visits is around 100 a day. Because of lack of sufficient funds, the supply of medicines is inadequate in the hospital pharmacy. Even simple surgeries cannot be operated as the blood bank is not developed. 
 
There is another Government Health Centre, near the District Hospital, staffed with 1 doctor for basic check-ups, such as measuring height, weight and blood pressure. However, the doctor can only stay in the Centre for half day, he has to visit 36 villages in turn at the other half day. About 6 – 8 private clinics can be found in the town, but the doctors are not available every day as they may stay in Manila sometimes. The consultation fee is average at 150 – 200 peso. 
 
Due to the lack of basic health and hygiene knowledge, the respiratory diseases, infectious diseases and parasitic infection are common in this area. 
 
After taking the following reasons into consideration, geographic location, population, culture, transportation, climate and, the most importantly, the medical need, CMA decides to provide long-term free consultations and treatments in Infanta. CMA would cooperate with ICDAI closely regarding Infanta as the first service base and aiming at develop permanent Chinese Medicine clinic and school locally. When the development is almost completed in Infanta, CMA will expand the service to other locations in the Philippines or South-East Asia soon.