Wednesday, October 6, 2010

2010 September 29-October 1: Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat Mission

Medical-Dental- Surgical (Minor) Mission in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

With the 33rd Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army and Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines Civil Affairs Team 734, and Military Information Support Team Bravo both of from US Army, ACIM-Asia team composed of 3 French ladies (1 doctor, 1 nurse, 1 history student); 1 Swiss lady (preparing to go to Midwifery School); 3 Filipino Nurses; and 1 Filipino Aide, went to a peace-building mission in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

September 29: Venue: Datu Paglat, Idtig, Maguindanao
No. of Patients Served: 426 (Medical Adult and Pedia: 238; Dental: 120; Minor Surgery: 68)

September 30: Venue: Pendatun Elementary School, SKP, Badak, Maguindanao
No. of Patients Served: 530 (Medical Adult and Pedia: 316; Dental: 136; Minor Surgery: 78)

October 1: Venue: Lambayong Central School, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat
No. of Patients Served: 599 (Medical Adult and Pedia: 319; Dental: 150; Minor Surgery: 130)

2010 September 8 Mission

FVR Village: Surprise free clinic for the residents around the mission chapel in the area. The children of the families had been attending the catechism classes in the area for more than 5 years and their parents had attended the livelihood training on July 31. On September 8 the team surprised them with a medical mission. So great was their joy at the unexpected gift that came to them on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady... 85 patients (adult, children and babies) were served.

2010 August 15: Last Minute Mission

On the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, the team embarked on an early trip to Quezon City to attend Holy Mass at Our Lady of Victories' Church. Upon arrival at the Church gate, the group met a man shivering from fever. He showed the infected wound on his fingers and proceeded to explain that he was bitten by a rabid dog which had died some days after having bitten him. Having ran out of money, he was only able to get one anti-rabies shot, and had missed his subsequent shots. The poor man had gone begging around Quezon City, and had come knocking at the Church gate to try his luck. Dr. Dichard took some antibiotics from his bag to give to the man for his infected wound.

After the Holy Mass, the group split. One team went to St. Luke's Hospital to visit the two mission volunteers from Canada and France who were confined due to dengue fever. Another team took the dog-bitten man to San Lazaro Hospital where he had first received his anti-rabies shot.

The doctor there was not happy with the condition of the man whose time was running out, having been bitten one month ago already, and he ordered an emergency treatment for the man. After paying for his shots, the team left him in the hospital to start the long trip back to Tanay.

The very grateful man promised to pray for the benefactors who made the mission possible. He promised to offer prayers for the sick volunteers who were still in the hospital, particularly for the mission director, who was also sick in a hospital in Singapore.

2010 August 14: Sumilang Mission

Before leaving for France, Dr. Gilbert Dichard wanted to come back to Rizal Province to extend his medical services so the team decided to serve the sick residents in Sumilang, Rizal Province, in the relocation area of families whose homes were totally destroyed by Typhoon Frank (local name:" Ondoy") that hit the country in 2009. These families came from all over Metro Manila and Rizal Province. They lost their homes and their means of livelihood to the flood. Having been brutally displaced, they needed help to start anew, to build new homes, to adjust to a new neighborhood, to start a new trade, to forget their old lifestyle and begin a new life. They still live in tents in a congested place and all share common portable toilets. Fortunately for them, they have not lost hope in the goodness of Divine Providence and in the kindness of their fellow human beings.

The most common ailments treated during the mission were skin diseases and respiratory diseases.  There were 85 patients served that day:  53 babies and children and 32 adults. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

July 26 - August 4: ROSA MYSTICA HEALTH MISSION 2010


No. of Mission Areas: 7
(Rizal Province: 3; Zambales: 1; Leyte: 3)
Date: July 26-31, August 2-4, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 9
No. of Patients Served in Medical and Dental: 4,426
No. of Patients Served in Wound Dressing and Minor Surgical Treatment Area: 94
No. of Patients Served in Laboratory and Diagnostics Area: 1,258


1. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal Province:
Venue: St. Philomena Chapel, Townsite Subdivision, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal Province
Date: July 26-31, August 2-4, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 9
No. of Patients Served: 3074
(Adult: 1051 ;Pedia: 1308 ;Dental: 527 ;Opthal: 182 ; Orthoptist: 6)
No. of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests performed: 1,258
No. of Patients Served at Wound Dressing Area: 94

2. Teresa, Rizal Province
Venue: St. Ann Chapel, Dalig, Pantay, Teresa, Rizal Province
Date: Juy 26, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 1
No. of Patients Served: 179

3. Poblacion, Tanay, Rizal Province:
Venue: Day Care Center, Sitio Upper Gabihan, Tanay, Rizal Province
Date: July 31, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 1
No. of Patients Served: 255

1. Tacloban City, Leyte
Venue: Barangay 64 Gymnasium, Tacloban, Leyte
Date: July 26, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 1
No. of Patients Served: 119

2. Sogod, Southern Leyte
Venue: Sogod District Hospital, Sogod, Southern Leyte
Date: July 27-28, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 2
No. of Patients Served: 480

3. Maasin, Southern Leyte
Venue: Barangay Agbao Gymnasium, Maasin City, Southern Leyte
Date: July 29-30, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 2
No. of Patients Served: 170


Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Aeta Resettlement Area, Alingway sa Kapihan, Sitio Gala, Subic, Zambales
Date: August 2-3, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 2
No. of Patients Served: 149

No. of Mission Areas: 8
Specific Venues:
Alabel, Sarangani Province: 3: Ladol, Kawas, and Poblacion
General Santos City: 5: Lower Banualan, Purok Malakas, FVR Village,
City Jail Male Ward, City Jail Female Ward
Date: July 26-31, August 2-3, 2010
No. of Mission Days: 8
No. of Livelihood Training Participants: 288

Type of Training:

1. Production of Detergent Powder
2. Production of Antifungal Ointment
3. Production of Twine Rosaries