The US Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Health Deputy Chief Bryn Sakagawa led the inauguration of the newly constructed birthing and Tuberculosis Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (TB-DOTS) facilities in Calbiga Rural Health Unit in Samar.
Samar Provincial Board Member Fe Arcales extended her gratitude on behalf of Samar citizens and said, “This facility will increase access to health programs and boost the morale of health personnel.”
Additionally, USAID provided medical equipment and communication materials on family planning, maternal and child health, and TB. The TB-DOTS structures are among 12 health facilities constructed by USAID to restore access to health services across Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.
To date, the US government has provided $143 million to help the Philippines respond to, and recover from, the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda.
“The US government is a partner of the Philippines, including the communities in Leyte and Samar, in making building improvements after Typhoon Yolanda,” said Sakagawa.
USAID is also constructing 310 classrooms, 30 agriculture-fishery support facilities, and more than 1,000 sari-sari stores, and restoring livelihood activities through the provision of equipment and training to 3,000 farmers, 7,000 fishermen and women, and 1,400 micro, small and medium.