Philippines

Date of deployment: 07/2016

Highlights:

  • Serves marginalised communities with limited infrastructure
  • Provides support for German Doctors’ rolling clinic programme
  • Collects patient data via mobile health information management systems

On the island of Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost major island in the Philippines, a wide spectrum of medical disciplines at different levels are covered in the Caygan de Oro Clinic and two hospitals in rural areas - from primary health care involving local health workers to secondary care in well-equipped clinics (with labs, ECG, X-ray, ultrasound).

Buda Hospital, where SATMED is deployed, is located in the center of the island, on the main route that connects Cagayan de Oro – the administrative centre of Northern Mindanao - and Davao city – the most populous with over 1,600,000 inhabitants-, serving the marginalised local communities living in the inner part of the island with very limited infrastructure and services.

German Doctors is engaged in a variety of health related activities, ranging from family health classes to volunteer health worker education, rolling clinics and hospitals. All these activities aim to augment existing health services provided by the government in hard-to-reach populations and areas to create sustainable health systems.  

SATMED has been supporting the so-called rolling clinics. Medical teams visit local villages on a regular basis, not only to treat patients on-site, but also to offer prevention measures and health monitoring. During these visits, patient data are collected and analysed via mobile health information management systems.

In addition, since this area is frequently hit by natural disasters (such as typhoons), German Doctors are strongly considering to implement two-way SMS messaging systems for helping their health workers in such events.

At a later stage, there are plans to connect the imaging facilities of the stationary hospital with the SATMED image archive and management systems. In addition, German Doctors will strengthen future training and education of local health professionals. For these activities, they aim to increasingly use the e-learning tools of SATMED.

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