5 months passed by so swiftly and there we were again getting ready to go back to our second home, New Barili. We were excited to see the warm smiles and welcome of the wonderful people that live there, we looked forward to the stories that they had to share with us and things we often do there. So we dashed to prepare everything we think we needed for this exposure immediately after our final examination, trying to be as prepared as we could possibly be, for something one can never seem to fully be ready for, the community exposure. Another month filled of learning, experience and an opportunity to help and make a change even for that minimal amount of time.
We set out knowing that we have our work cut out for us, as we will have to visit and interview each and every household in our area, spend a lot of time encoding the gathered data per day and per purok, interpreting them and drawing possible community health problems from them which we will then have to present to the people in an assembly to see if these things are indeed problems for them. An emphasis is made on the part wherein the problems should come from them and not from us, we are just there to help/aid in the best possible way in achieving self-reliance by mean of creating a community health plans based from the identified problems – for which it should be bounded by principles reality, availability, and sustainability.
Furthermore, we each had to identify and work with families and individuals, for whom we also had to prepare health plans. And aside from that, we also had a 24 hour scheduled rotation at the RHU per individual.
Quite honestly, the mere thought of the things that needed to be accomplished scared us, but what can I say we were more focused on what we can collectively accomplish while working with the people in this barangay. We looked beyond the word “requirements” and took this new challenge as an opportunity to help and pack back to this wonder community filled with warm-hearted people. Nothing in this exposure would be easy, but then again we also know that we were in for another wonderful adventure of a lifetime in this paradise, New Barili.
Mary Midette Repolidon
ADZU-SOM Level 1