TBpeoplePH participated in the on-site visits in the Bicol Region, Sorsogon

TBpeoplePH participated in the on-site visits in the Bicol Region, Sorsogon, with the Department of Health, USAID, LCP, DPCB, CHO, PCO, PDO, PMDT, PBSP, WHO, RITM, NTRL, and others last April 17-20, 2023. During our visits, we met with their physicians, nurses, coordinators, and many health facility staffs in the RHUs of Bulan and Matnog to assess their health services, commend their achievements, and provide feedback. We also had the opportunity to meet and interview other tuberculosis patients who are still undergoing treatment, one of them is a blind woman.

We identified some RHUs’ concerns and suggested solutions, particularly in the Disability Sectors and Patient Support System, that should be investigated and emphasized in the forthcoming iDOTS Phase 2. We have been touched by the experiences of Tuberculosis survivors and those currently battling the disease, and we sympathize with them as survivors. We share our own stories to inspire and push them to finish the fight, and we informed them that they are not alone in their struggle. We also offered them the virtual help that we could provide for the time being while we aim to establish the Patient Support Group in the city where they live.

We’d like to express our gratitude to the following Health Care Providers that we met in Sorsogon.

Dr. John Ferchito L. Avelino, PHSAE
Assistant Regional Director
Bicol Center for Health Development

Center for Health Development Bicol
Ms. Lilian Rose Contessa T. Encisa
SHPO/Regional NTP MedTech Coordinator

Ms. Mary Glor Honeylene E. Binalla
Technical Staff

Dr. Erwin Javier
OIC Provincial Health Officer and Provincial NTP Medical Coordinator, Province of Sorsogon

Provincial Health Office
Ms. Claire Flestado,
Provincial NTP MT Coordinator

Provincial Department of Health Office
Ms. Gina Bongon, DMO

Programmatic Management of Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Satellite Treatment Centers
Dr. Nancy Rose Labarete, STC Physician
Mr. Carlo Ryan Estopase, STC Nurse

Bulan RHU
Dr. Kates Rebustillo, NTP Medical Coordinator
Ms. Gemma Albello, NTP Nurse Coordinator

Matnog RHU
Ms. Christine Escanilla, NTP Nurse Coordinator
Ms. Cariza Benetua, NTP Medical Technologist Coordinator
Mr. Regan Gayanes, Jr., ITIS Encoder

Sorsogon CHO West District
Dr. Clemente Bailon, NTP Medical Coordinator
Ms. Maria Carmen Cal-Ortiz, NTP Nurse Coordinator

This activity is supported by TB Alliance and Stop TB PartnershipChallenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) Round 10

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