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Kalinga is pilot area for "Seeing is Believing" project

by L. Lopez

TABUK CITY, Kalinga (20 October) -- The province is chosen as signature area here in the country by Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), a London-based finance institution that funds international project on eliminating blindness.

This was announced by SCB representative Zenaida Iglesias in a press statement during the ceremonial launching of Knock out Tigdas last October 16, here.

The project for the province extends for the next 3 years, Iglesias said.

SCB ties-up with Helen Keller International (HKI), in the correction and elimination of blindness in various parts of the world and has selected the Philippines among the 20 beneficiary countries of Seeing is Believing project, Iglesias said.

The team works with government and non-government organizations and uses the distribution of vitamin A as major component of the project.

In the province, the team provided vitamin A supply for simultaneous distribution in the October 15-November 15 round of Knock out Tigdas (KOT).

Vitamin A is a food supplement given to young children who belong to the measles risk bracket from 9-48 months to increase their resistance against diseases, particularly blindness.

Vitamin A distribution used to be a come-on activity, together with de-worming, by the Department of Health during measles vaccination, as study showed that the food supplement has reduced the rate of morbidity among children.

In the October round of KOT, SCB and HKI also provided funding assistance of P7,000 each to Rural Health Units (RHU) and P15,000 to the province as mobilization allowance.

There are about 9 million children targeted for measles immunization nationwide, 151,000 in the Cordillera region and 20,016 in the province. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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