It is a year of milestones for Philippine-based Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF).
First, they are celebrating their 10th year as a privately owned health foundation in the country, educating more than 600 municipalities on the Health Change Model. Second, they have landed a partnership with one of the most reputable technological companies in the world, Oracle Netsuite.
For the partnership, Oracle Netsuite provided the non-profit foundation a financial software, including the training needed to effectively use it.
ZFF is rooted in the Zuellig family healthcare business. Definitely, they have come a long way since they started their mission to enhance the Filipino’s quality of lives by improving the health system in the country. They have done this innitiative in partnership with the government as well as other stakeholders including the United Nations Agency for International Development, MSD for Mothers, and United Nations Children’s fund.
Headed by Chairman, Roberto Romulo, the people behind Zuellig are very passionate about what they do, even admitting the tough challenges behind their selfless effort. But at the end of the day, the fulfillment in seeing the improvement they provide to LGUs is worth their sacrifice.
What does ZFF actually do?
The foundation deals with the root of the problem of poor health conditions — the “broken” system.
“Ang problema, hindi lang sakit. Ang problema, wala silang pareng papuntang hospital. (More than the fact that they are sick. Another underlying problem is not having the money to go to the hospital.”
After a study, the foundation found out that the efficiency and effectiveness of the service delivery, are dependent on the local system, which is driven by local chief executives.
“We realized that if the local chief executives didn’t have the leadership in addressing health issues within their jurisdiction, then you can expect the poor won’t be able to get better access to proper healthcare,” said Ramon Derige, vice president, ZFF in an exclusive interview with The Manila Times.
ZFF makes use of the Health Change Model to transform the leadership, services and participation, and outcomes in a community, bringing the project to far-flung areas where poor healthcare services abound.
Under the program, local leaders who agree to adapt the model have to undergo two-year training, which includes a six-month practicum. Part of their training is to shadow their citizens as they go through their health struggles. So, for example, if someone was pregnant, they could join the family and experience what happens from the house to the hospital. The change in outlook, then begets a change in leadership and their perspective, which helps them in adapting the process into the community.
Integrating technology to their vision
Derige, together with Ulysis Borais, finance manager, ZFF and Welsie Villanueva, support group director, ZFF, laud the financial software given to them by Oracle Netsuite as it allows them to be more detailed, organized, and swifter when it comes financial reporting, planning, and documentation.
“For someone who plans to invest in the organization, this is a great thing because it presents transparency and effectiveness in knowing where the donations are used,” Borais shared. “This opens doors to more donors that added to the P100 million that the Zuellig family donates yearly to the foundation.”