The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) celebrates the month of April as Health Services Month, in conjunction with the World Health Day on April 7, 2017.
The PRC Health Services is committed to promote good health for all Filipino individuals, families, and communities through its three core programs: Primarily Healthcare, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Health in Disasters and Emergencies (HIDE).
“The Philippine Red Cross has been able to reach more communities through our Health Services. The Health Services office ensures timely response to public health emergencies in times of disasters. They willingly travel to far-flung and isolated areas to deliver health services and life-saving information before, during, and after any disaster or emergency,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
During typhoon Yolanda in 2013, community buildings, including health centers, were completely damaged, particularly in Barangay Timpas Panit-an, Capiz. PRC helped reconstruct the Barangay Health Clinic of Timpas, and after a year, it became fully equipped and ready to serve the community.
“After one year nakalipat na kami dito sa bago naming clinic, doon ko masasabi na naka-recover na kami,” said Elma Sigaya Duron, 54, the Rural Health Midwife (RHM) of Barangay Timpas Health Center. “Maganda na ’yung flow ng mga services ng BHC namin ngayon, kumportable na ’yung mga pasyente. Nagpapasalamat kami talaga sa Philippine Red Cross dahil nabigyan kami ng ganito, Kung sa barangay lang, hindi talaga namin kakayanin, sabi ko nga sa mga residente dapat alagaan naming itong binigay satin ng PRC.”
In 2016, the PRC Health Services was able to reach 306,903 individuals from 2,855 communities, including 704 schools and 38,437 children, by providing basic health services through its 8,162 trained 143 Community Health Volunteers (CHV) and 1,088 emergency responders.
These efforts are also being duplicated and intensified by different PRC chapters in their respective areas of responsibility nationwide.
World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme is “Depression: Let’s talk.”
According to WHO, depression is correlated with other non-communicable disorders and diseases, such as diabetes and heart diseases. People with those conditions have a higher risk of depression due to the amount of their prescription intake.
More than 300 million people experience depression, an increase of 18% between 2005 and 2015. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, according to reports from WHO.
In response, PRC continuously educates the public, through its health programs, about the importance of health promotion and prevention of diseases. Moreover, PRC has been actively collaborating with the local government, private sectors, and different non-government organizations to intensify health promotion and education campaigns in the country.
For more information, visit the PRC website at www.redcross.org.ph