The Open Heart Foundation continues to bring programs to various places in the Philippines. During the Covid 19 Pandemic it is important to strengthen people’s resistance against any disease. One of the services of Open Heart to address this is the Flu vaccination project held on December 14, 2021 in the municipality of Luna, La Union; in partnership with a US-based organization; Philippine International Aid, founded by Ms. Mona Lisa Yuchengco in 1986.
The OHF team was warmly welcomed by the MSWDO head Ms. Jeanette Padilla. She expressed her gratefulness that their municipality was chosen as beneficiary of the free flu vaccine project.
Luna, La Union was severely hit by typhoon Maring in the last quarter of 2021 and caused heavy flooding that destroyed farmlands and sources of livelihood. The executive director of Open Heart Foundation, Ms. Linda Perez, also introduced the foundation’s programs and services as well as the upcoming partnership of the Foundation with the LGU of Luna, La Union. She stressed that the flu vaccine project in this town was made possible by a grant from the Philippine International Aid (PIA).
The beneficiaries were 150 indigent citizens in the area and were identified by Luna MSWDO staffs. The flow of the vaccination project was well planned and organized by the municipal health office. The medical mission started with a registration and screening of beneficiaries before the administration of the flu vaccine injection by volunteer nurses and doctors from Luna Rural Health unit.
It was another project made possible by partners and donors who believed in projects and causes advocated and implemented by the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. Thank you PIA!
Prepared by: Cheryl P. Ocampo, Program Area Coordinator 1