2018

Kito Health Center, a promising year of activity!

The activity of the Kito Health Center (San Francisco, Camotes Islands) started the year of 2018 in a very promising way!

In February our Field Assistant, Architect Anna Orlando, went on a Monitoring&Evaluation Mission in order to verify the situation in the structure. All Kito Onlus’ projects, once they’re finished, are constantly monitored to make sure they are functioning successfully and in the proper way…just as our medical center is doing!

The members of the community keep on taking advantage of the facility’s services and assistance, while the presence of the Open Hospital software, installed thanks to the collaboration between Kito Onlus and Informatics Without Borders Onlus, is still very important in the activities’ management. Because of it, it is possible to keep an updated record of patients and of available pharmaceuticals; in the long term it is also possible to monitor the activities’ flow, how many people visit the center, how are the health conditions of its patients: knowing this permits to take the most appropriate decisions regarding future actions.

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In February and March, the Kito Health Center received a total of 47 patients, of which a significative number had diseases of the respiratory system. These kind of diseases, among which there are tuberculosis and pneumonia, are among the most common causes of death in the Philippines and are mainly caused by smoking and air pollution, whose conditions get worse in urban areas. With the Kito Health Center, Kito Onlus tries to have a role also in the environmental field: the medical center was realized in order to be energetically self-sufficient thanks to the presence of a photovoltaic system and was built using local materials. This makes it a project that, far from negatively impacting on the environment, tries to benefit the community not only in the health sector but also from the point of view of sustainability!

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WORLD HEALTH DAY 2018

“No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship”, says Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of WHO, the World Health Organization. Still, even today, many people have to face this choice when it comes to take a decision about an health issue. In the world, half of the population cannot access basilar health services and health costs may be so high to push 100 million people into poverty. The WHO, based on the principle that every person should be able to realize their right to the highest level of health possible, takes advantage of the World Health Day in order to remind us that everyone should be able to access essential quality health services without incurring in too high financial obstacles. The theme of this year is “Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere” and the slogan is “Health for all”. Since it is acknowledged that it is possible to guarantee health for all thanks to a strong political will, the WHO calls upon world leaders to take the necessary steps in order to reach or maintain the standards of universal health coverage, including investments in the sanitary workforce and organization of services in accordance to community’s needs.

Investing in health does not only imply a better individual health, but it also favors the society as a whole, since it protects from epidemics, reduces poverty, hunger and social inequality. This is why the health sector is so important in the activity of Kito Onlus. Among the projects related to health there are the Kito Health Unit, a mobile health center located in the Philippines, and the Kito Health Center, a permanent one also located in the Philippines – you can read here about the latest info concerning these projects. And in occasion of the World Health Day Kito Onlus wants to remark its committment to support #healthforall.

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Banilad elementary school, we did it!

The Banilad elementary school construction project has come to an end! Since when the construction works restarted in October 2017 they never stopped. Our Field Assistant Anna Orlando, a volunteer of Architects Without Borders Onlus, our project partner, completed her first mission in the Philippines in December 2017. In two months the works at the school proceeded very fast and a construction training was organized with the participation of Paola Vecchiato, Kito Onlus’ President, who flew to the Philippines in order to monitor the building site and to meet local stakeholders. Anna told us about her experience in the Philippines in the blog post that you can read here.

In January 2018 Anna came back to Banilad to complete what she began and since then the roof, the windows, the coating in Sawali, the suspended ceiling and the floors painting were realized. Once these works were done the Banilad elementary school was officially inaugurated during an event that saw the participation of the Mayor and of the community of Banilad.

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To be fair, it is since the beginning of the project that the involvement of the Banilad community deserves to be recognized. Indeed, among the things that gave us satisfaction during the reconstruction works there is the high rate of participation of local volunteers, that made the rebuilding of the school a good example of a participated project! The daily average of volunteer workers was around 5/6, but during days of more intense activity the number was around 20. Not only local workers, also the materials that were used were the local ones, a decision made in order to make the most out of available materials, to lower the environmental impact and to reduce costs.

That said though, what makes us really proud of this project is knowing that kids are happy to finally have their school back!

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One of the drawings made by the children of the school to thank Anna, Paola and Kito Onlus!

February in the Philippines: oral health month

In the Philippines, February is the Oral Health Month. It is an annual celebration since 1951 but it is only since 2004 that it is celebrated for a month-long, following Presidential Proclamation No. 559 signed by the then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Oral health represents today a widespread problem in the Philippines, and last year the Philippine Dental Association recommended local administrations to prioritize oral health among other health issues. Indeed, the majority of the Filipino population goes to the dentist only when experiencing pain, meaning when it is too late for prevention, and the 78% suffers from gum diseases, according to a study published by the Department of Health in 2016. For children the issues are relevant as well, considering that a toothache is one of the most common causes of absenteeism from school and that a wrong oral hygiene can lead throughout the years to worse diseases.

This year the theme for Oral Health Month is “Ngipin Ay Alagaan Mula Sa Sinapupunan Para Sa Magandang Ngiti Hanggang Katandaan“: it focuses on maternity, differentiating itself from the previous editions when the focus was on the oral health of children. This time it has been chosen to give importance to a good oral hygiene and nutrition during pregnancy, in such a way that future mothers will also become role models for their children in this field.

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Nutrition, the health of future mothers, the importance of oral health have always been topics dear to Kito Onlus, which has been organizing training and missions for years to fight malnutrition and promote good alimentation and correct oral hygiene. And it keeps on doing it, as the graphic below shows, reporting the main sectors in which the Kito Health Unit of San Fernando la Union has operated in 2017.

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Kito Onlus’ 2017: collection of funds and allocation of resources

Kito Onlus’ Annual Report 2017 is available at this link, while you can also read a summary of the activities led during the year by clicking here.

With this article we would like to bring your attention to the way funds were collected and resources allocated by Kito Onlus during the year, believing that this is something that contributes to the evaluation of the activities of an organization.

In 2017 30,812€ were collected: the majority comes from public institutions, while the 28%, represent the contribution of those who supperted Kito Onlus through crowdfunding, participation to events, 5×1000 and private donations. This is a proof that the work of the organization is valid and worthy of trust and we are absolutely grateful for the amount of support and trust we receive.

What makes us particularly proud this year is the efficiency in the allocation of resources.

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As the graphic above shows, in 2017 the 87% of funds was invested in projects on the field: the Kito-Health Unit in San Fernando la Union and the Health Center in San Francisco could carry on their programmes of sanitary assistance and the reconstruction works at the Banilad school could progress well. The high percentage of contributions given to support these activities, higher in comparison to the one of 2016 (80%), means that the commitment of Kito Onlus is completely devoted to the wellbeing of the 24,000 direct beneficiaries of its projects. A commitment that Kito Onlus aims to keep in the future, by promoting programmes of prevention and response to emergencies.

 

 

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