Asian Community Trust (ACT) Program Officer Megumi Nishijima recently visited Bohol in order to see the progress of its project being implemented in partnership with the Visayas Primary Health Care Services, Inc.
Ms. Nishijima visited Barangay Sto. Nino in the Municipality of San Miguel and Barangay Caluasan in the Municipality of Dagohoy last Nov. 19 – 21, 2012 in line with the ongoing project “Building community-based health programs to promote health and prevent disease in Bohol.” The project started in April 2010 and is on its third and last year.
The ACT, Japan’s first fund raising-style charitable trust, was established in 1979 to assist people at the grass-roots level in Asian developing countries. It has supported projects in more than five Asian countries, in fields spanning health, medical treatment, education, youth training, and development of rural communities. It has funded several projects in urban poor settlers and fishermen communities in Cebu.
Ms. Nishijima talked with leaders and community health workers of the farmers’ organization in Sto. Nino, the Sto. Nino Farmers Association (SFA), a member of the Hugpong Mag-uuma sa San Miguel (HUMASA) or the Farmers Association in San Miguel, and the farmers’ organization Mga Mag-Uuma sa LACALSANDA Apektado sa Land Levelling (MALALA) (Farmers in Lacalsanda affected by Land levelling) in Caluasan.
Services of the CHWs including an herbal cooking, feeding of malnourished children and check up of patients were also conducted during her visit.
Later, Ms. Nishijima visited the VPHCS office on Nov. 22 and shared her insights, noting the improvement of the health practices of the people since the project started two years ago.
The project staff said that although the project ends in March 2013, the services of the CHWs who were trained in the project shall continue and the people’s organizations shall sustain the health programs.