Rogelio "Roger" Ilagan joined Project HOPE in April 2014 as Program Director for our three-year Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program in the Philippines. Based in Cebu City, Roger is responsible for leading, directing and managing this project in the Philippines and to expand Project HOPE's portfolio of programs in the Philippines to include other opportunities, such as programs to address infectious and noncommunicable diseases.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) wreaked havoc and affected the delivery of basic health services in many parts of the Philippines. So one objective of the MCH program will be to strengthen health systems and continue providing humanitarian assistance. The program will also initiate community-based activities for women, mothers and key community leaders, which will help to improve healthy behaviors and result in better health outcomes for mothers and children as a whole.
During Roger's initial engagement with Project HOPE, he was able to meet with key officials, particularly the Provincial Health Officers and the Department of Health Regional Directors to introduce Project HOPE and discuss the MCH program. He was gratified to hear good feedback on the earlier assistance that Project HOPE had provided to the province of Visayas which had been severely affected by the typhoon. As a result of Project HOPE's earlier support, both the Provincial Health Officers of Cebu and Iloilo provinces committed to support future activities of the MCH project with additional requests from the Department of Health directors to include other areas of Cebu and Iloilo provinces in the program.
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