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The Club and its funding partner, the Makati Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. (MRCFI) honored their joint commitment for support to the Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF) by donating P500,000 to the Philippine International Center for Tuberculosis (PICT). The check for P500K was turned over by RCM Pres. Larry Boyer and MRCFI president and Club PP Jonny Carlos to TDF's Dr. Thelma Tupasi in a simple ceremony at the PICT building (fronting Makati Medical Center) last Tuesday, 29 July.
In grateful acknowledgment of the donation, the Center installed a marker, which was unveiled last Tuesday by Pres. Larry and PP Jonny. Aside from the two presidents, the marker also made special mention of IPP Conrad Marty , MRCFI chairman, PP Ric Librea , MRCFI secretary, and PP Puno Peña , chairman of the Club's TB Eradication Committee. PP Puno, PP Jonny and Pres. Larry took turns to speak on club anti-TB initiatives, while Dr. Tupasi gave an overview of the work of the Tropical Disease Foundation.
In return for the donation, the TB Center will accommodate patients referred to it by the Club and MRCFI.
Also in attendance at the PICT event were PDG Tony Quila & Ann Angela, PE Felix Amparo, Anns Tere Boyer and Milette Carlos, Ambassador Bienvenido Tan , TDF chairman, and Dr. Michael Voniatis , regional director of the World Health Organization, among others.
The TDF has put up the first Research & Treatment Center for Tuberculosis, which will specialize in the deadly strains of the disease—the multi-drug resistant (MDR) and the extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains. Though tuberculosis is curable with daily medication, rest , and good nutrition, the deadly strains, which are caused by the mutation of the TB bacterium when a patient fails to complete the prescribed medication cycle, are nasty and more difficult to control.
Together with a number of health institutions and organizations, the Club is actively pursuing an anti-TB campaign aimed at eradicating the disease by 2015. Working hand in hand with the Kabisig ng Kalahi under Vicky Wieneke and Angela Quila , and funded by donations of P2,098,877.32 in 2005 and a matching grant of P2,799,850 in 2007, the committee headed by PP Puno provides free screening services through mobile x-ray and free medication to TB patients. It has so far covered selected communities in Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Cavite City , Pasay City and Nasugbu, Batangas. The memorandum of agreement with the Tropical Disease Foundation was signed at the RCM boardroom on 8 July.