Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Kalusugan Ko, Karapatan Ko: Antipolo City Health Workers Training-Workshop

HAIN has trained health workers of Antipolo City on Antipolo gender, sexual and reproductive health concepts and principles in relation to primary health care approach.

A total of 49 participants from 16 barangays of Antipolo City gathered in a training workshop last March 2009 at Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City. This lived-in activity aims to build the capacity of barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, nurses and midwives on topics related to reproductive health.

The participants were divided into batches. First batch of health workers attended March 12-14, 2009 were from District 1 -Barangays Bagong Nayon, Beverly Hills, Inarawan, Mambugan, Mayamot, Muntindilaw, San Isidro and Sta. Cruz. It was followed by second batch last March 19-21, 2009 from Barangays Calawis, Cupang, Dalig, Dalig, Dela Paz, San Luis, San Jose, San Juan and San Roque.

Both trainings included lecture discussions on gender, international mechanisms related to sexual and reproductive rights, principles of primary health care, adolescent reproductive health, STD, HIV and AIDS, natural fertility management, modern family planning methods and interactive workshops on leadership skills and communication strategies. The participants are expected to echo their learning in their respective communities.

HAIN organized the event with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, in collaboration with the City Health Office. The Provincial Government of Rizal had extended their support with the presence of Vice-Governor Francisco San Juan, Jr. and local officials of Antipolo City as represented by Councilor Marino Bacani, Kagawad Toriano Garcia (in behalf of Brgy. Captain Leyva) and Mr. Rowell Macapagal (in behalf of Mayor Leyble) from City Social Welfare and Development Office.

The said activity is part of HAIN’s on-going project in Antipolo that aims to develop baseline information on health issues, program intervention and strategies towards information and education on primary health care and reproductive health among Antipolo residents. As part of this project, HAIN conducted a community needs assessment in Antipolo last year to assess the training needs of the health workers as well as information needs of the community.

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