May 2015 – December 2016
The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, (VPHCS) Inc. implemented a project to develop community-based programs (CBHPs) in three barangays in North Cebu that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
With the support of the LandsAid, a German humanitarian aid organization, the project provided health skills trainings and services to community health workers and residents in Barangays Dalingding Norte and Paypay in Daanbantayan and Tindog in Medellin.
The project started in May 2015 and ended in December 2016.
The project worked closely with the people’s organizations in the communities, namely, the Nakahiusang Kababayen-an sa Sitio Mayjo (United Women in Sitio Mayjo, Paypay), Nagkahiusang Lumolupyo sa Hacienda Gomez (United Residents in Hacienda Gomez, Sitio Gomez, Dalingding Norte, and the Nagkahiusang Lumolopyo sa Sitio Manan-aw (United Residents in Sitio Manan-aw) in Tindog, Medellin.
The three barangays were among the four areas that benefitted from medical missions conducted by the VPHCS with the support of LandsAid in Sept., Nov. and Dec. 2014.
Building CBHPs in the three barangays addresses the lack of health services in the communities. At the core of the CBHP are community health workers (CHWs) who are trained and equipped with knowledge and skills on basic preventive and promotive health care and selective curative care. Community health educations equipped the people with necessary knowledge on the causes, treatment and prevention of common diseases in the homes. With basic health skills trainings for CHWs, they were able to treat common illnesses of the residents using simple home remedies such as tested indigenous herbal plants, water therapy, acupressure, massage, and common Western medicines. With community health awareness, health programs such as nutrition, herbal gardens, environmental sanitation, hypertension control and family planning were established.
Furthermore, since the three communities are vulnerable to suffer adverse effects when disasters particularly typhoons strike, the project aimed to help the people protect themselves and to face and respond to the disasters before outside help arrives. A community-based disaster management (CBDM) program was established where the communities through their disaster preparedness committees were trained on disaster preparedness so that they can cope at any time the impact and consequences of disasters, with little or no external assistance.
The population and number of households in the three barangays were as follows, namely: Paypay, Daanbantayan: 3,124 population, 735 households. Dalinding Norte, Daanbantayan: 3,294 population, 549 households. Tindog, Medellin: 5,185 population, 865 households.
All three organizations have their respective committees on socio-economic and livelihood, education, disaster management, and health.
Such CBHP and CBDM programs emphasize people’s participation, build upon and strengthen their existing available resources, coping strategies and capacities, are empowering, and geared towards the goal of building resilient communities.