“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
One of the challenges we are seeing in the field has been the lack of education on basic medical procedures from community members and patients we have been transporting to their cataract surgeries. We are witnessing how patients are postponing their surgeries around planting seasons because they believe that there is a six month recovery period from cataract surgery. This is untrue, as the recovery time is about 1 day, although caution with heavy lifting for 1 month may also be recommended.
Educational outreach is pivotal in our mission, especially when our birthing and women’s center becomes operational. Alay Foundation will be using a comprehensive and long-term approach to caring for pregnant women. We will be encouraging our patients to get prenatal care at our facilities and giving them prenatal vitamins to take throughout their pregnancies. We will also be giving six weeks of post natal maternal care and one year of post natal pediatric care.
Many poor women in the Philippines do not get any pre-natal care or take pre-natal vitamins. We are finding that there are 2 main reasons for this: (1) they lack the financial resources and (2) they do not see prenatal care as a priority.
Alay Foundation will vigorously work to address these issues by doing educational outreach in San Jose City and the surrounding communities. Meanwhile, our work continues with enrolling patients in Philhealth, plans being finalized on birthing center construction and transporting patients.
In light of these challenges, we now have one of our team members in the Philippines conducting field research on other basic health care misconceptions. Our goal is to find out what types of educational outreach are needed most in the San Jose area that we can provide.