Friday, May 24, 2013

Volunteerism: Mangyan Medical and Dental Mission Part 1 of 2

Mangyan is an indegenous tribe in Occidental Mindoro. The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) in cooperation with Katutubong WHARF volunteers has started a medical mission last year for the said group. Accordingly, there has always been a shortage in the supply and distribution of medicine for the needs of our tribal patients. In this regard, I am respectfully requesting your good office to provide us the necessary assistance to augment our medical resources particularly medicines that will be fully utilized to support the medical/dental mission. Diseases prevalent in the indigenous people (IP) include water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, amoebiasis, PTB, skin diseases, UTI, malaria, influenza, asthma and malnutrition.

Leigh Maneja of Thomson Reuters together with the other volunteers started soliciting supplements or any kind of vitamins and medicines and medical supplies. They were also solicited nail cutters, slippers, plastic plates and cups, old clothes and food item donations such as noodles, sardines, etc. to be distributed to the indigenous people of Occidental Mindoro.

Today, at the early morning of May 24, 2013 the volunteers packed their personal stuff together with the donations they've collected and sailed to Occidental Mindoro to start the long and fulfilling day helping the Mangyan.

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