The Philippines is an archipelago home to a population of 108 million (2019, World Bank). Regularly stricken by typhoons and other natural disasters, these emergencies exacerbate the inaccessibility of healthcare, especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. With the Hospital on Wheels program, Gold Rush Victory Humanitarian aims to bring much-needed medical attention to communities in the provinces of the Philippines, as part of its mandate to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
The Hospital on Wheels will be made up of a fleet of vehicles carrying medical equipment and personnel from partners Makati Medical Center and St. Luke’s Medical Center. The fleet will make its rounds in various barangays in provinces such as Bulacan, CALABARZON, Bicol, Iloilo, Samar, and Leyte. All members of the community can avail themselves of free medicines, free medical and dental check-ups, eye examination, and tooth extraction. The team of health professionals will also reach out to the barangay officials ahead of time to obtain a list of patients who can be prioritized to receive simple reconstructive surgery such as goiter removal and cleft lip, cleft lip palate, and hernia repairs. These procedures will be performed in sterile operating tables outfitted in the back end of each vehicle. These services will expand to minor surgeries performed under general anesthesia such as orthopedic and gynecologic procedures with God-willing.
The Hospital on Wheels was launched on its maiden voyage in early 2019 and will hopefully be relaunched in late 2021. There is no question that the burden of the pandemic caused a major strain on the Philippine healthcare system, with hospitals in big cities having to close off their out-patient departments to focus on catering to COVID patients, while rural health centers – which were understaffed, to begin with – suffered even more. All of these heighten the need for basic health services such as those provided by the Hospital on Wheels. We hope to be able to reach more indigent Filipino communities with your help. For more information,
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