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NKTI set to honor renal health champions nationwide

Quezon City (18 November) -- The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) will pay tribute to staunch supporters of the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP).

A recipient of the Gawad Oscar Florendo award, REDCOP promotes kidney disease prevention, conducts researches, and trains local health workers and general practitioners in dealing with kidney diseases.

Around 90 partners and supporters will be given plaques of recognition and appreciation by NKTI-REDCOP during the National Forum to be held at the Manila Pavilion on November 19. Among the awardees are the City Health Offices of Calbayog and Gingoog and the Provincial Health Office of La Union whose best practices and winning entries at the regional level awarding will be presented during the event.

REDCOP Program Manager, Dr. Remedios Uriarte said that many of the LGUs have adopted and integrated the program in their local health plans after undergoing training. "For a long time, we have been wanting to personally thank and acknowledge our local counterparts," said Dra. Uriarte, They deserve to be recognized for the job well done in promoting the concepts and information on the prevention of kidney diseases in the various localities all over the country." Without them it would be impossible to reach the grassroots, the ultimate target recipients of information of REDCOP."

The winners as Outstanding Implementers of the National Kidney Disease Prevention completed the training seminar of REDCOP, after which they formulated Action Plans as basis of theirs implementation and targets in their particular localities. The Center for Health Development (CHD), Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) have been instrumental in the realization of the many accomplishments of REDCOP in reaching its goals and objectives.

REDCOP has a two-prong training: the first is purely medical which delve on the referral and management of patients and the second is about advocacy concepts that will help trainees to communicate the kidney disease prevention program. Monitoring and evaluation are integral parts of the training program, to insure quality medical and laboratory work-up and management of patients and to test and verify the extent and correctness of information disseminated and transferred by the implementers at the different levels during lay for a, orientations and public advocacy campaign.

Dra. Uriarte stressed that the over-all ultimate objective of the program is t o decrease the incidence of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in the future by changing and improving the people's health practices. ESRD and other kidney diseases are among the leading causes of death among Filipinos today.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has been invited as to give an Inspirational Message during the forum. The event will start with a Welcome Remarks by no less than NKTI Executive Director, Dr Enrique T. Ona. Secretary Conrado Limcaoco will give the Response Message after the awarding part of the program. The REDCOP National Forum will highlight NKTI's 25 th anniversary celebration.

Aside from the awarding ceremonies, the forum will be the venue for the launching of a handbook and an audio visual presentation of REDCOP through the years. The " Handbook on the Formulation and Implementation of a Training Manual: REDCOP Experience" chronicled the development of the manual up to the time when it was implemented as well as the recommended improvements in the training program.

The audio visual presentation, on the other hand, documented REDCOP activities including events that took place during the early days of the program when it is still known as the Preventive Nephrology Project.

The afternoon session of the REDCOP National Forum will be dedicated to lectures on Renal Complications of Diabetes Mellitus, Renal Replacement Therapy and Regional Profile of Renal and other related diseases. (PIA) [top]

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