The University of Santo Tomas Nurses Association International, Inc (USTNAI) will be conducting “Alay ng Puso sa Siquijor” (Gift from the Heart to Siquijor) Medical /Surgical /Dental/ Humanitarian Outreach event on February 2-6, 2023 . The goal of this mission are to provide free medical, dental and surgical consultation and treatment as well as cataract screening and surgery to the underserved and underprivileged communities in the island of Siquijor, Philippines. We also plan to construct a toilet for students with disabilities at the Siquijor Integrated School.
Siquijor is a 5th class island province with 6 municipalities in the Philippines. Based on the 2020 census, the island has a population of 103,393. Siquijor has a high infant and maternity mortality rate, growing malnutrition rate, poor dental health, inadequate screening and laboratory facilities, insufficient medical supplies and antiquated equipment. The province also lack trained healthcare professionals to perform life saving measures and care for the critically ill. Sea transportation is challenging due to its topographical location and weather conditions. Sometimes, it is very difficult to transport patients to a higher level of care via the sea outside the province for further management.
USTNAI is committed to making the Alay ng Puso sa Siquijor Mission a success by providing our Kababayans quality care and treatment with highly skilled volunteers. Time is needed to prepare for mission assignment. Therefore, we would like to invite interested healthcare professionals to volunteer and register before September 30, 2022 or while volunteer slots are still available. Volunteers may bring pediatric vitamins, school supplies and/or candies if they wish to be distributed to the children of Siquijor.