February 2018

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.


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.


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.


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.