In the Philippines, single parent Rosemary could barely see because of suffering eye diseases. Yet, she is the only support for her daughter with mental illness and her two-year-old granddaughter. Tzu Chi Eye Center offered to perform cataract removal surgery for her, allowing her to regain vision and hope.
In May, TIMA Philippines began support the government vaccinations at large vaccination stations. Over the past four months, it has served hundreds of thousands of people. Recently, the second dose of vaccine has been expanded an the medical team is again very busy as there are many heart warming stories to share.
In the Philippines, Bohol Island, which mainly relies on tourism, is in urgent need of economic recovery. The Department of Health and Provincial Health Office of Bohol conducted a Covid-19 vaccination program for Bohol Tourism workers. Tzu Chi Foundation also came to help. This program aims to vaccinate workers and protect them from contracting the virus while they work in the tourism industry.
Ventilators such as High Flow Nasal Cannulas are much needed in hospitals with COVID-19 patients in order to provide oxygen therapy. The increasing numbers of COVID cases in Manila, Philippines has lead to a shortage of equipment and resources in medical institutions. Hospital officials have come to Tzu Chi Philippines Chapter asking for help.
The Philippines Tzu Chi Eye Center helped a homeless friend with cataract surgery. Randy not only has eye problems, but is also hard of hearing. When he went for surgery, he was nervous and couldn't follow the direction, so staff played music to help comfort him ahead of his surgery.
The pandemic in the Philippines is still severe, so local Tzu Chi volunteers cooperated with the motorbike delivery team, which was set up by the movie star Dingdong, again, to distribute relief aids to disadvantaged people.
Tzu Chi Philippines has previously purchased oxygen concentrators for families in need. As there is an increasing number of COVID patients in hospitals, Tzu Chi bought 50 units of High Flow Oxygen Nasal Cannula and sent them to hospitals in need.
In the Philippines, Tzu Chings and volunteers have prepared vegetable soup to be distributed to the villagers in Ormoc Great Love Village which was in conjunction with the World Vegetarian Awareness Day.
In the Philippines, a fire broke out in Quezon City in November, destroying many houses. Tzu Chi volunteers head over to distribute daily supplies and provided care to the affected residents.