APPEAL FOR DONATIONS
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Happy Feast of the Annunciation!
As news of our existence as a mission group spread, pleas come in from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, from people begging for assistance for various illnesses ranging from pulmonary tuberculosis, tumor, cancer, renal failure, pneumonia, and so many others. We also receive requests for medical missions. In the name of mercy, we try to serve as best as we can.
This year we are granting the medical-dental mission request from Sogod - a fourth class municipality in Leyte, where 37.7% live below the poverty line - and; for the second time, from Alabel - the capital town of Sarangani, which has no hospital and has only one public health physician to care for its 76,000 residents, where poverty cannot sustain a private clinic. The medical-dental missions will be on April 29-May 1 in Sogod, Leyte (2,000 patients) and on July 26-31 in Alabel, Sarangani Province (2,000 patients).
Our Association is legally under the Society of Saint Pius X, a religious, non-profit organization. We conduct medical missions in cooperation with the provincial and municipal governments: they provide the venue and transport needy patients from the most inaccessible barangays, while we provide the medical-dental-nursing manpower and find resources for mediciens, diagnostic work-ups and hospitalization of patients, as needed.
Some patients are expected to come to the mission with prescriptions from medical specialists but having used up all their funds in the diagnostics, cannot buy medicines. In such cases, we will fill out the prescriptions for free and refer back the patient to the prescribing physician for follow up. We are committed to provide complete dose of antibiotics to ensure the safety of the patients and to make full use of the referral system so that the patients will have proper care. We collaborate with existing agencies for patients needing surgery.
Based on the needs of the patients, we are looking for supplies of antibiotics, antituberculosis, anti-asthma, antihistamines, mucolytics, decongestants, antidiabetics, anti-gout, antihypertensives, analgesics, antipyretics, anti-inflammatories, anti-ulcer, antifibrinolytics, anti-convulsants, anti-psychotics, and mineral and vitamin supplements. Oral, 0pthalmic, otic, and topical preparations are needed for infants, children and adults. Parenteral preparations will be needed for mission patients who will be confined in the hospitals, or for indigent patients in the hospitals referred to us by social health workers. Wound dressing and dental supplies are also needed: syringes, dental needles, masks, cotton, and anesthesia.
Goodness begets goodness. We believe that when we touch the lives of those suffering, we raise up their spirits to higher aspirations. Whatever support you can give can bring hope and vigor to the underprivileged as they struggle to reach for more meaningful and more productive lives.
Thank you so much for visiting our blog. Hoping fervently for continued support.
Yours truly in Mary Immaculate,
Rosa Mystica Health Mission Facilitators
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
MEDICAL MISSIONS SCHEDULE 2009