"To improve outcomes of non-communicable diseases (NCD) like hypertension, diabetes, malnutrition and COPD."
The mission stems from our experiences during earlier medical missions in the Philippines, where the approach focused more on surgical cases and short-term health issues rather than on chronic diseases. We observed that, when confronted with long-term health issues such as hypertension and diabetes, the treatment method of giving one or two months of medications was ineffective for long-term outcomes. This lack of efficacy, the enormous impact that cardiovascular diseases have on productivity, and the inability of most patients to consistently afford medications, led us to the idea of implementing a more sustainable education program that will help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Since the idea was conceived in 2009, we have been engaged in creating our project. We conducted our first medical mission in Iloilo in January 2010, where we saw over 4,000 patients, both medical and surgical, and for the first time, conducted surveys with patients to assess their lifestyles and how this affects their health. We found a gap in their awareness of how diet and exercise affects their blood pressure and blood sugar. More so, the people were very excited to learn more about what they could do to change their disease outcomes.