Last day!

The last few weeks of my assignment went in a flash. The survey data was analysed and meetings in place ready to present the findings. The heat is on.

My first presentation was to the City Health Department in Caloocan City. The dreaded microphone was back…..

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but no microphobia this time.
but no microphobia this time.

 

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The findings generated energetic discussions particularly in areas where gaps were identified, such as reinforcement of exclusive breast feeding education and the use of birth plan. Feedback was excellent from the City Health partners and further research using this data can be undertaken, involving also husbands/partners, community leaders and physicians/nurses.

The next presentation was to the DOH and the findings were well received. Although a number of studies on the use of the birth plan and birth preparation and complication readiness have been conducted, no such research has yet been undertaken in the Philippines, so this was valuable preliminary information for the DOH. 

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Feedback on the Mother & Child book showed that while it contained useful information for mothers, it would benefit greatly from being simplified to ensure this valuable resource is used. Recommendations also include increased education and training for Community Health Volunteers so they are better equipped to support the midwives and parents.

The final presentation to my colleagues in PDQ at Save…..

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This baseline research has provided useful insights and evidence to pursue further improvements to the birth plan process and the MNCHN Program during 2016. Although gaps were identified, the challenges are enormous. The passion, dedication and hard work by the health workers, CHW’s, volunteers and partners to continually improve maternal and newborn health is incredible.

A huge thank you to all the respondents who willingly agreed to participate in this research and of course the teams at LVPO in Quezon City and SCMPO in Mindanao for their support and hard work in collecting this data 🙂

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It’s been a transformational experience that I will never forget. I’ve seen and experienced many things in this amazing country and I can scarcely believe it’s over already. My eyes have been well and truly opened, thanks largely to my supervisor Doc Mads who I have learned a great deal from during my time here, especially in the field. If you get the chance, please watch these two amazing documentaries, featuring Doc Mads and Country Director, Ned Olney. They are entitled ‘Hunger Pains’ and highlight the chronic malnutrition problem in the Philippines, in which Save are working hard to raise awareness of and support.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/tvshows/getreal-s14/hunger-pains/2386626.html

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/tvshows/getreal-s14/hunger-pains-pt-2/2402784.html

Finally, thank you PDQ for having me, making me feel welcome and being great fun to work with. I will miss you!

 

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Next stop….what a ride! Speak soon, Alli 🙂

24 comments

  1. Hi Alli, I can hardly believe your assignment is coming to an end! It has come around so soon. I expect you’re having mixed feelings – excitement about coming home but sadness at leaving behind the people and places that have welcomed you and taught you so much in the last 6 months. Your journey has been amazing to follow, and your dedication and excellent writing have been pleasure to observe. I will book a proper catch up with you back home but meanwhile may every remaining minute be a joy and may you reflect with pride in the knowledge that you have made a huge difference to everyone you have touched. You’re a true superstar!

    1. Maria…what a lovely message! Yes you’re right, it’s come around too soon and I’m certainly experiencing those mixed feelings. Just as I feel settled and comfortable living and working here and learning so much, it’s time to leave. I would love another 6 months! I will certainly miss everyone I’ve met and become friends with…most of all I’ll miss the warmth of the people and their beautiful smiles and humour! Thank you for your words…it means a huge amount to receive your messages and I look forward to catching up with you soon! P.S you were a true inspiration for my journey xx

      1. HI Alli,
        I am the Pfizer Global Health Fellow and I just finished reading your blog as supplied by none other than Doc Mads! I so thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures and learnings here in the PI. I loved your writing style and all of the photos. I can only hope to follow in the very large footsteps you left behind.
        How does it feel now, to be home and back in your “normal” life?

        Please feel free to contact me and in fact, I may have questions for you from time to time.

        THANKS!!

        Best regards, Christy Fleurat, Pfizer Global Health Fellow
        cfleurat2@gmail.com or Christy.Fleurat@savethechildren.org

      2. Hi Christy. …great to hear from you and congrats on your upcoming assignment…feeling slightly jealous! Thanks for the lovely comment and your contact details too…would love to get in touch with you and hear how it’s all going. Happy to help anytime. Missing everyone there so say hi to Doc Mads and the crew when you get there…and good luck! Speak soon, Alli

  2. Hi Alli, congratulations on finishing your time in the Philippines on such a high note! l’ve really enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to catching up on your adventures when you return.

  3. Well done Alli, You’ve done a great job during the past 6 months. My assignment will end in a few weeks too. Hope to see you in London.

  4. Well done Alli! So proud of you and all you’ve achieved. It was a big step for you to go out there but you seem to have really made the most of it. It has been really good to follow your progress with the project, very interesting. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  5. Wow! What an inspiring and amazing experience! Hope you are feeling settled in back home and missing the NGO and life in the Philippines.

    Looking forward to catching up soon. (Like Noelle I still have a few weeks to go). Take care and congrats! :0)

    1. Thanks Michelle and same to you😊Have a fantastic last few weeks…hard to believe we’ve finished already!! Back to the UK next week after a nice break in Perth. Bracing myself for the cold 😮 Take care!

  6. Hi Allison, well done! Great achievement and helping to change the world!! Look forward to seeing you when you are back in the UK. Peter x

  7. Dear Alli, I realise I did not write anything as I read your last blog after you had left. Nevertheless, even if it is late and you’re back in the UK, let me write that I am very proud of you having had a very successful assignment working well with people and for people, and I’m sure this will have benefited both you and them. So a big thank you!

    1. Thank you Odile, that means such a lot. I have truly appreciated your support throughout this assignment, it’s been the best thing I’ve done in my career so far and you’re a fantastic role model! Very much looking forward to sharing my experience with everyone 🙂

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