Barangay health stations serve as the most accessible and affordable site for primary health care of low-income rural communities across the Philippines. While there are 42,008 barangays in the country, the Department of Health lists only 20,032 barangay health stations. A majority of which, in marginalized communities, are either in dilapidated and rundown conditions or lacking in terms of equipment, supplies and personnel.
Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI) aims to address this great deficit and health inequity through its banner program called ALAGA KA or ALay sa Ginhawa At KAlusugan. This envisions a fully equipped barangay health station with competent health personnel in every barangay in the Philippines. To achieve this, HFI partners with local government units and elicits support from the private sector to, first, build barangay health stations; second, enable local health workers; and, third, establish a community-based health and wellness program.
Where we are today
From the renovation of what became our initial pilot site in Malabanan, Balete, Batangas in 2011, to the very construction of a brand new barangay health station in Barake, Aborlan, Palawan in 2013, ALAGA KA has witnessed significant strides in both its infrastructure and community-based health program development. From the basic 60 sq.m. facility, it has moved on to construct 90 sq.m. barangay health stations with birthing facilities that also address the obstinate problem of high maternal deaths in the nation.
As of 2017, 12 ALAGA KA health stations were turned over to communities in Batangas, Palawan, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar. Nine (9) of these health stations have birthing facilities. One (1) in Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato is currently in the pipeline and is set to finish by the end of 2017.
ALAGA KA Areas
Community-Based Health and Wellness Program
Community-Based Health and Wellness Program
More than infrastructure, HFI believes in the empowerment of communities and its constituents through:
- Preventive and promotive health mobilizations
- Organization of wellness cluster groups in the community
- Training of wellness cluster leaders and barangay health workers
- Provision of nursing and midwifery scholarships to indigenous peoples; and
- Establishment of community medicinal and food gardens
IPI Foundation, Inc. & Midwife Kit
To guarantee that ALAGA KA barangay heath stations are equipped with medical equipment and supplies for maternal deliveries, HFI partnered with IPI Foundation, Inc. for the provision of ten (10) midwife kits. One midwife kit contains essential medical instruments, supplies, and medicines, which can support up to 50 deliveries.
The following ALAGA KA areas were the beneficiaries of this:
Tinabanan Health Station in Marabut, Samar; Palactad Health Station in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar; Asgad Health Station in Salcedo, Eastern Samar
Barake Health Station in Aborlan, Palawan; Looc Health Station in Balete, Batangas; Inalad Health Station in Motiong, Samar; Inagawan Health Station in Puerto Princesa Palawan; Cagdara-o Health Station in Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Tag-alag Health Station in Marabut, Samar; Brgy. 5 Poblacion Health Station in Capul, Northern Samar;
Solar Energy Foundation & Give a solar suitcase program
To ensure that ALAGA KA barangay health stations are well-lighted during power interruptions; especially during maternal labor and delivery, HFI collaborated with the Solar Energie Foundation for the installation of solar suitcases for ALAGA KA barangay health stations in Samar. Three ALAGA KA areas received solar suitcases; part of which were: Tinabanan Health Station in Marabut, Samar; Palactad Health Station in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar; and Asgad Health Station in Salcedo, Eastern Samar.
BDO Foundation, Inc. and BDO Unibank, Inc. & Computers for ALAGA KA Barangay Health Stations
To increase the capacities of barangay health workers in terms of using technology in the ALAGA KA barangay health stations, HFI received 14 computer sets from BDO Foundation, Inc. and BDO Unibank, Inc. These sets are used by the ALAGA KA health workers to encode and store health data of the barangay.
Library Renewal Partnership & ALAGA KA Reading Areas
To provide books and educational materials to communities in support of its literacy and governance programs, HFI coordinated with Library Renewal Partnership for the provision of books for the ALAGA KA Barangay Health Stations. The one in Looc, Balete, Batangas was the first beneficiary of the collaboration.