Key to the success of our mission work in the Philippines is Celina Crisilogo and her charity Flora Apalisok Free Children's Clinic (FAFCC). Prior to the mission FAFCC sent a social worker to hard to reach places to let those with absolutely no access to medical care know that we were coming.
Their work did not stop here. The poorest of patients can not afford travel into the city nor can they afford the expense of food and lodging away from home. Most survive on as little $1.50 per day. A month prior to our arrival FAFCC helped potential patients reach the city so they could have pre-surgery lab work.
Most kids were found to have low hemoglobin and hematocrit. Each child was given a months supply of milk and vitamins. Those who were potential candidates were then helped again a month later by FAFCC - helping them reach our clinic and providing meals and lodging for a parent. During our intake clinic we were overwhelmed by the amount of need in the area. Thanks to FAFCC the process of screening patients was simplified as they had all been screened by their outreach worker and already had been preparing for successful surgery.
We know that many of the poorest patients never make it to free surgery mission clinics because the journey to the hospital and the stay is more then the family can handle . Because of FAFCC we feel this problem was addressed and we were able to see those we needed our services the most. We look forward to another successful collaboration in 2012 and we thank FAFCC and all of it's supporters.
To learn more about Flora Apalisok Free Children's Clinic (FAFCC) please follow this link www.floraskids.org
Accomplishment: A volunteer medical team led by Rubinstein is one of 15 national recipients of Kaiser Permanente's 2011 David Lawrence Community Service Award.
Details: Rubinstein, chief for pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, is the founder of Faces of Tomorrow, a Davis-based nonprofit organization that provides free surgeries to children and adults with facial deformities inEcuador and the Philippines.
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