Biyernes, Abril 14, 2017

Project Ginlaw Goaw in a nutshell

The Municipality of Liloy third district is a community in Zamboanga del Norte. It was once a village of the Municipality of Zamboanga, which acquired its juridical personality by virtue of Executive Order No. 469 issued by then President Elpidio Quirino on August 22, 1951 and inaugurated on December 16 of the same year (LGU liloy, 2014).

The health sector in the Municipality of LILOY has been proactive in addressing the health inequities in the area. Despite the current efforts, however, health problems, such as inadequate documentation and referral system, lack of solid waste management, water improper handling increased incidence of malnutrition and hypertension, to name a few, are still prevalent. The aforementioned health problems do not only affect their physical well being, but also, other aspects of their lives.

In the pursuit of realizing the mission and vision of Ateneo de Zamboanga University - School of Medicine, the medical students assigned in Barangay Goaw, Municipality of Zamboanga del Norte liloy initiated a project entitled Ginlaw Goaw (Shine Goaw). A scheme consisting of 6 comprehensive health plans, it provided a framework for the different interventions targeting the identified health problems.

            Committed to the realization of the World Health Organization's Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG WHO), the group centered on the strategies toward building a self-reliant community. The health plans were formulated in such as a way that the residents themselves were mobilized and empowered. Hence, the impact of the project will be sustained over the years.

Linggo, Enero 8, 2017

Jan 2017 Update on Water Purification Practices

Safe drinking water, based on the World Health Organization (2008), is defined as drinking water that does not represent any significant risk to health over a lifetime of its consumption. But even in the presence of access to safe water, alone it cannot affect widely to the reduction of diarrheal cases in the community. Even if the source is safe water, it can be contaminated during collection, transportation, storage, and use in home. Inadequate hygiene practices should be targeted in order to decrease morbidity and mortality especially in rural areas (Amenu, Menkir, & Gobena, 2013).

Specific Objectives # 1 & 2
1.     To increase the number of households who practice proper drinking water storage from 48% to 90%,
2.     To increase the number of households who practice proper drinking water purification practices from 53% to 90%,

Previous Strategies Done
ü  “Agianan sa Tubig na Limpyo” was done in order to educate the people in the community about different ways of drinking water contamination, and methods to prevent it through proper water storage and purification practices last April 2015.
ü  “Juan 4:14 Posters” were given to each households to be posted on the walls of their kitchen. The posters include household methods in the prevention of drinking water contamination.

            Current Strategies Done
ü  Proper drinking water storage and purification practices are currently in its monitoring and evaluation phase.

·      As of November – December 2016, the percentage of households practicing proper water storage is 94% and the percentage of households practicing proper water purification practices is 90%.

Future Plans
o   Continuous household monitoring and evaluation for proper water storage and purification practices
o   “Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage” Lecture – To be done by the Provincial Health Office – Sanitary Inspector, it discusses and demonstrates proper household water handling practices from the source to point of use.
o   “WASH in schools” – A proposal to the barangay addressing the facility development in Goaw Elementary School for water, sanitation, and hygiene

Specific Objective #3
To increase the number of low risk household water sources in the barangay from 54% to 90%

Current Strategies Done
ü  Primary water source microbiological analysis done by the Municipal Sanitary Inspector last November 2016 complemented by the ocular assessment of each primary water source were conducted in order to properly identify the problems of primary water sources and how it will be addressed effectively.

·      All of the 5 main water sources of the barangay failed the microbiological analysis based on the standards of Philippine National Safe Drinking Water.
·      Three out of five water sources are boreholes and the remaining two are ground water with water tank.
·      Three out of five water sources have a sanitary toilet or septic tank within 25m.
·      All main water sources are closed and sealed

Future Plans
o   “Ayaw sa Hugaw ng Goaw” – A community engagement program where households will be encouraged to improve their household water sources with the support of the barangay council
o   “Water Source Chlorination” –  To be done by the Municipal Sanitary Inspector, in order to secure that the main water sources of the barangay is free from microbiological contamination

            From 30% of households, 87% of the total households are currently practicing both proper water storage and purification practices. As of now, the activities done are still having its effects as shown by the continuous increase of households practicing proper water storage and purification practices. With the activities left for the next exposure, specifically targeting the improvement of household water sources, the program has the high chance of achieving its target, which is 90% of total households practicing proper water handling.
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