Tuesday, November 22, 2016

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines inaugurates health facilities in Samar

From the Philippine Information Agency (Nov 23): U.S. Embassy in the Philippines inaugurates health facilities in Samar

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Health Deputy Chief Bryn Sakagawa led the inauguration of the newly constructed birthing and Tuberculosis Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (TB-DOTS) facilities in Calbiga Rural Health Unit in Samar.

Samar Provincial Board Member Fe Arcales extended her gratitude on behalf of Samar citizens.

“This facility will increase access to health programs and boost the morale of health personnel,” she said.

Additionally USAID provided medical equipment and communication materials on family planning, maternal and child health, and TB.  The TB-DOTS structures are among 12 health facilities constructed by USAID to restore access to health services across Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.

To date, the U.S. government has provided $143 million to help the Philippines respond to, and recover from, the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda.  “The U.S. government is a partner of the Philippines, including the communities in Leyte and Samar, in making building improvements after Typhoon Yolanda,” said Sakagawa.

USAID is also constructing 310 classrooms, 30 agriculture-fishery support facilities, and more than 1,000 sari-sari stores, and restoring livelihood activities through the provision of equipment and training to 3,000 farmers, 7,000 fishermen and women, and 1,400 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs.

The United States Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to create a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation. (US Embassy Manila)


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