The Committee of German Doctors for Developing Countries ended its project in Cebu this June 2017 after more than 10 years of services.
The organization which is based in Bonn, Germany has been serving marginalized areas in Metro Manila, Mindoro, Mindanao and Cebu, since 1987, bringing volunteer German doctors to stay here for at least six weeks to serve in rolling clinics. In Cebu, it has 16 areas in Cebu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Compostela, Cordova, and Naga.
The organization is committed to provide holistic health services to the poorest of the poor based on humanitarian values towards self-reliance. Its goals include to reach the poorest of the poor to enable them attain and maintain a healthy state of living, to provide basic as well as specialized medical services for the poorest of the poor, and to raise their level of awareness and capabilities to attain and maintain good health.
The organization partnered with the Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. since April 2016 in a project, “Building community-based health care programs to promote health and prevent disease in Cebu.” The project aims to train community health workers in three areas to render basic primary health care services. These areas include, SitioSawsawan, San Roque, Talisay City, PurokTambis, Umapad, Mandaue City, and SitioIntramuros, Barangay Poblacion, Cordova.
The trained CHWs rendered services during the rolling clinics of the German Doctors in the three communities. They also rendered services to the community residents through home visitations and community clinics, conducted health education classes and mobilized the residents in health campaigns. The German Doctors provided funds to the VPHCS to conduct the basic health skills trainings and health education programs as well as for administrative support services.