Participant Application Form: Medical Mission and Community-Based Learning
Rationale:
Eastern Visayas (EV) is one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. Less than 33% of people in EV attains their basic needs. 20-30% of youth in EV are undernourished and 60-70% are malnourished. EV also has the second highest child mortality rate of all regions in the country.

In November 2013, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, Super Typhoon Haiyan, affected over 11 million Filipinos in 9 regions in the country. Being ground zero, Eastern Visayas was completely devastated. Millions were displaced from their fishing and farming livelihood and over 15,000 were killed.

The tragedy also saw the overwhelming response of the community. While the Philippine government responded slowly and inadequately, community based organizations around the Philippines and all over the world urgently raised support to provide food, housing materials, medicines, and livelihood resources to the victims.

Five years later, rehabilitation remains slow. In some resettlement sites, the villages lack access to potable water. Many houses built for typhoon victims use substandard materials, making them vulnerable for the next disaster. Many are also still demanding that long-overdue financial assistance promised to them be disbursed.

Access to social services such as healthcare has been lacking. Poverty, coupled with government neglect and regular typhoons, have caused the deterioration of health of community members. Lack of education on health and well-being, as well as lack of access to doctors and health professionals aggravate the conditions of the people. Examples of conditions needing health education include diabetes, hypertension, respiratory infections, skin diseases, and trauma and stress management.

It is in this light that the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Kabataan Alliance invite concerned members of the community in the US to a medical mission in Eastern Visayas on the 5th anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan.

Goals of Medical Mission:
- Provide medical services and support to community members.
- Learn about the needs and conditions of the communities.
- Create action steps for long-term solidarity with the communities.

Healthcare experience is especially desired, but NOT required to partake in medical mission. Participation is also encouraged for educators, cultural workers, and community members.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2018.

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