A year ago, the last time we were in the community of New Barili, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, several steps were undertaken to achieve the goal of building a healthier community with our NO BOUNDARIES 4 HEALTH PLAN specifically in decreasing the rate of malnutrition in barangay New Barili, Tampilisan. There were lots of hesitations at first as to whether these projects, including monthly weighing “Oplan Magtinimbangay ta!”, 120-day feeding, garantisadong pambata campaign, series of mothers class, dental and hygienic campaign, cooking class and Utan na loob cooking contest, will be maintained, optimized, and further developed. But we kept our hopes up and trusted on the will and determination of the community residents to create a better place for them and their future generations.
A year later, after spending six to seven rigorous months in the hospital for clerkship and mind breaking formulation of our research protocols, we finally went back to New Barili for a 10-month Community Medicine Exposure with hopes still high that the community residents and core of TEAM NB continued what we've started - and lo, they did.
The nutrition health program has always been one of the strength of No Boundaries 4 health plan. The problem about malnutrition was a major concern when we were last here but upon our recent visit to the Municipal Nutrition Coordinator (MNC) and Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) we have noted a significant reduction in its prevalence when we got back. From roughly 20% for the year 2014, 15% for 2015, and now with a 10.09% for the year 2016 - New Barili now ranks number 14th out of the 20 barangay of Tampilisan. We are looking forward for what’s in store for the remaining months of 2017 up till 2018. We are positive that we can reach team NB’s goal of a malnutrition rate of less than 10% for the year 2018.
Indeed, building a self-sustaining community is the backbone of the community medicine exposures of ADZU SOM Medical Students. This is basically helping people help themselves, maximizing available resources and optimizing their potentials.
Geode Allan Diansuy
ADZU SOM Level 4