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BDO Foundation rehabs health centers in Agusan, Iloilo, Quezon and Zamboanga

  As the Philippines continued to recover from the pandemic, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank continued its efforts to help  improve the health and well-being of Filipinos.   Despite logistical limitations caused by COVID-19, BDO Foundation recently completed the rehabilitation of Maasin Rural Health Unit and Birthing Facility in Iloilo, Mampang Health Center in Zamboanga City, and Infanta Municipal Health Office in Quezon. It also renovated two rural health units (RHUs) in Agusan del Sur: Rural Health Unit and Reproductive Health Center Prosperidad, and Municipal Health Office and Reproductive Health Center La Paz.   The foundation has successfully rehabilitated a total of 126 RHUs since 2012, benefiting a total of 6.8 million people all over the country. The program benefits nursing mothers, infants and children, persons with disabilities, senior citizens and other patients. Most of these patients cannot afford to go to hospitals. Many live in remote and underse

Merck and Fertility Specialists cooperate to Commemorate Fertility Awareness Month


Merck, together with the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) today announced a series of awareness-building initiatives to foster greater understanding of infertility among Filipinos. The information campaign was embarked upon to commemorate Fertility Awareness Month in August, which recognizes the growing population of Filipino couples who are finding it difficult to conceive.

“With the observance of Fertility Awareness Month, Merck, together with PSREI aim to help childless Filipino couples to learn more about their condition and to realize that there are solutions to the challenge that they face,” said Dr. Gio Barangan, Medical Director, Merck Philippines. “It is also an opportunity for them to meet couples who were successful in their fertility treatment, so that they can gain confidence in the country’s pool of fertility experts and treatment facilities and thereby remain hopeful in starting a family.”    

Part of the efforts being undertaken to raise awareness on fertility issues are to provide free seminars to patients that will help increase their understanding of the symptoms and causes of infertility. Conducted by local fertility experts from the PSREI, the seminars will also give patients hope by educating on methods to improve fertility as well as options for treatment.

IVF specialist Dr. Anthony Marc Ancheta
Raising awareness on fertility is also being done through online means, via the campaign’s website http://fertilityphilippines.com.ph/. The website will be generating new and useful content throughout Fertility Awareness Month and engage directly with couples, particularly for special events such as free seminars and consultation. 

Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) President Dr. Rudie Frederick Mendiola
Results from a 2011 Merck-commissioned study by Synovate estimates that 1 in 10 Filipinos are infertile, yet a vast majority of them will struggle in silence, due in part to the shame associated with the infertility, but mainly because many couples do not understand the condition.

The awareness efforts are expected to create an impact on couples’ attitude towards infertility, such that they overcome embarrassment and see the urgency of seeking medical assistance. It is imperative that misconceptions are corrected and that any immediate treatment procedures may be done at the soonest -- particularly for older couples. 


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