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October 13, 2009

MTF Filariasis Project
Lymphatic Filariasis chronic disease is the world’s 2nd leading cause of permanent disability
 


MAPLE TREE FOUNDATION (MTF) PROJECTS - Cultivating Stronger Communities

Lymphatic Filariasis chronic disease is the world’s 2nd leading cause of permanent disability, yet 1 of 6 eradicable diseases in the world. It is endemic in a third of Philippine’s provinces, with considerably higher prevalence in three Zamboanga provinces. A 2002 survey showed nearly 30,000 cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula, with 3.4M people at risk of being infected, including municipalities adjacent to the TVI mining sites and impact communities..

Our efforts shall include, mass drug distribution and education program in August to November 2007, for 217,438 people in the 7 municipalities of the Zamboanga peninsula in partnership with GAELF, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Health -- resulting in ending the transmission of the disease, alleviation of suffering thru disability management, and cleaner, healthier children and communities. MOA and Contract Signing between The Maple Tree Foundation for Mountain Communities and the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Department of Health.

The Maple Tree Foundation for Mountain Communities grants Ph 782,450.00 - which be used for the social mobilization and procurement of Diethylcarbamazine Citrate (DEC) and the support drugs needed for the campaign in the selected municipalities, benefiting around 216,000 residents of Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboangadel Sur.

 

Dr. Jaime Y. Lagahid, (center) Director III, Infectious Disease Office, National Center for Disease Prevention and Control and Mr. Clifford M. James, (right) Chairman of The Maple Tree Foundation for Mountain Communities, signed the Memorandum of Agreement and Contract for the National Filariasis Elimination Program. With them is Dr. Raman Velayudhan, WHO Scientist for Malaria, Vector Borne and other Parasitic Diseases.

 

From left: Dr. Leda M. Hernandez, Program Manager, National Filariasis Elimination Program; Dr. Raman Velayudhan, WHO Scientist for Malaria, Vector Borne and other Parasitic Diseases; Dr. Jaime Y. Lagahid, Director III of the Infectious Disease Office, National Center for Disease Prevention and Control; Mr. Clifford M. James, Chairman, The Maple Tree Foundation for Mountain Communities; Atty. Eugene Mateo, TVIRD President and Foundation Board Member and Ms. Mardi Suplido-Mapa, Executive Director, The Maple Tree Foundation for Mountain Communities.

 

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