The Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) considers itself not just a contributor to its immediate neighborhood in Manila but a member of a bigger community, our Country. In line with this, MDH formed REHDI (Responsive and Efficient Health Disaster Intervention) Disaster Response Team.
MDH REHDI team is composed of multi-specialist medical and psychosocial professionals supported by technical personnel specifically tasked to quickly mobilize and respond during times of disaster to badly hit areas by providing multi disciplinary health intervention.
In 2013, the team traveled to six (6) hard to reach earthquake affected areas in Bohol and to five (5) badly hit, underserved areas in Leyte after Typhoon Yolanda.
With the generous support of partners like Air Asia, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Global Medic, GT Metro Foundation, Metrobank Foundations, NGO Partners, Philippine Airlines, Pharmaceutical Companies, Philippine Heart Association and Victory Liner, MDH REHDI was able to deliver quality emergency healthcare intervention to thousands of fellow Filipinos in need.
The Department of Health (DOH) recognized the efforts of the MDH medical and non-medical volunteer responders after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda by including MDH as one of its TY Yolanda Unsung Heroes awardee on July 25, 2014.
Our medical mission in Bohol catered to a total of 2,278 patients from the Municipalities of Carmen, Sagbayan, Batuan, Loon, Sevilla and San Isidro who were badly affected by the 7.2 earthquake that struck the province in November 2013.
In December 2013, MDH doctors and volunteers also catered to patients in the municipalities of Abuyog, Dulag, Palo, Tanauan and Baybay who were affected by typhoon Yolanda. A total of 3600 patients were given free medical and surgical intervention by the MDH team.
A Gift of Life, A Gift of Health
According to the World Health Organization (2014), “the safest blood donors are voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors from low-risk populations (para. 1).” In addition, it is also the goal of the Organization “for all countries to obtain all blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020 in accordance with World Health Assembly resolution 28.72, which was adopted in 1975 (para. 1).” As an organization that works together with the global community in the realization of both national and international commitments, MDH seeks to contribute to this goal of the WHO through the ADD LIFE Program especially for the benefit of our economically challenged patients.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Office (CSRO), the Department of Out-patient Services, and the Department of Laboratory (Blood Bank) have created a partnership in implementing ADD LIFE. This campaign aims to raise awareness on the societal importance and personal health benefits of donating blood.
ADD Life encourages its voluntary non-remunerated donors to be a silent hero for others. Every person who donates blood is given the ADD Life card which entitles him/her three (3) free consultations at the CSR Clinic and discounts on at least 91 laboratory procedures. The ADD Life card is also transferable.
A single donor can save a life through his/her blood donation and at the same time give a give of health through the ADD Life Card.
MDH conducts blood drives in companies, communities and during medical missions together with its partner organizations.
Source: World Health Organization. (2014). Voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/bloodsafety/voluntary_donation/en/.