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Friday, February 10, 2012


February 10, 2012

To all our Volunteer and Members

Dear Friend’s of SOS

Samahang Operasyong Sagip (SOS) with Balsa Mindanao or Bulig Alang sa Mindanao is a citizen-led Mindanao wide formation responding to the crisis brought about by typhoon ‘sendong’ carrying out humanitarian assistance and environmental advocacy to Northern Mindanao. The multi-sectoral and interfaith group has already conducted its 3rd wave of relief, medical, psychosocial and documentation services especially to the hardest hit and less served communities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

Community Based Health Services – Northern Mindanao Region (CBHS-NMR) has led the medical team in providing needed health services in the affected communities in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO). Balsa Mindanao’s third wave of medical missions in CDO was conducted from January 13 – 16, 2012. Areas served were affected families at the evacuation centers at the Agusan Elementary School and Brgy. Indahag, and at the affected communities at Sta. Cruz, Brgy. Consolacion, Villa Angela, Brgy. Balulang, and Tambo, Brgy, Macasandig. These medical missions have served a total of 577 individuals.

But much remains to be done. The next phase, rehabilitation and reconstruction, is a long way process that entails a comprehensive and participatory course of action. Crucial is the role of the victims and survivors themselves.

CBHS-NMR’s assessment of the health needs of the affected families in the evacuation centers has revealed that most medical aid rendered were mostly curative, thus only addresses immediate health concerns. In this regard, CBHS-NMR aims to strengthen the capacities of communities on skills that promote health and prevent disease. Specifically, we intend to conduct health education activities in the evacuation centers and distribute hygiene/first aid kits. Listed below are the dates, target beneficiaries, and the contents of the kits.

Feb. 17 Brgy. Agusan Evacuation Center 64 families
Sitio Pita, Brgy. Bonbon 80 families
Feb. 18 Tibasak, Brgy. Macasandig 401 families
Mandumol, Brgy. Macasandig 113 familes
Buena Oro 26 families
Brgy. Indahag 57 families

In this regard, we are once again asking for your urgent support for this mission. We would like to solicit the following types and quantity of medicines for our medical kits.

Target Quantity Item Details
750 pcs. Hydrogen Peroxide (30 ml)
750 pcs. Isopropyl Alcohol (60 ml)
750 pcs. Cotton
750 pcs. Povidone Iodine (30 ml)
1500 pcs Sterile OS (4 x 4 inches)
750 pcs. Plaster
1500 pcs. Oresol Packs
150 boxes Paracetamol 500 mg tablets
150 boxes Aluminum Magnesium
150 Mefenamic Acid
750 pcs. Liniment (60 ml)
750 pcs. Skin Ointment

Yours Sincerely,

Ms. Rosalinda Tablang

Christ Ian Mostrales, R.M., R.N.
SOS Coordinator