April 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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