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Zambo City to get health benefits from World Vision

Posted by Michille on February 28th, 2007

By JP Alvarez

Zamboanga City (28 February) — World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. (WVDF) has included Zamboanga as one of its beneficiaries of Social Mobilization on Tuberculosis (SMT) project.

The WVDF’s health program called “Baga mo, Mahal Ko” will be formally launched tomorrow, March 01, at the Talon-Talon Elem. School with City Mayor Celso Lobregat as guest of honor.

The SMT project aims to increase the demand for Directly Observed Treatment Shortcourse (DOTS) services in the public and private DOTS centers by engaging communities in fighting TB and empowering community leaders, volunteers and the TB patients themselves.

Community leaders & volunteers are trained to increase access of the community to quality DOTS services and to provide patient-centered TB services while TB patients are the main recipients who will benefit from improved health seeking behavior, will face less stigma and experience more patient-friendly DOT.

The Department of Health (DOH) as the prime mover, is responsible for providing free regular supply of anti-TB drugs and laboratory services and technical support and capacity development training to public health workers for quality DOTS implementation.

During the launching of the project, Mayor Lobregat is expected to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOH-Center for Health Development 9 represented by its director Dr. Aristides Tan and World Vision director Elnora Avarientos.

The SMT project is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF), Inc., The Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PhilCAT), the local government units (LGUs) and the community. (PIA Z.C.)

PIA!

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