Maxicare donates flu vaccines to orphanages across PH

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Posted at Jan 18 2022 02:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2022 04:00 PM

CRIBS Foundation has spent 47 years providing a loving and safe environment for abandoned and neglected babies and female minor survivors of sexual abuse. Photo source: Maxicare
CRIBS Foundation has spent 47 years providing a loving and safe environment for abandoned and neglected babies and female minor survivors of sexual abuse. Photo source: Maxicare

True to its mission of serving Filipinos through quality healthcare, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, one of the leading Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) in the country, reached out to orphanages and non-profit organizations to give free flu vaccines.

Vaccines against the common flu were donated to CRIBS Foundation, Virlanie Foundation Inc., Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, and several others, by Maxicare Healthcare Corporation through its #MaxiCares program. 

"Our current public health crisis underscored our commitment to provide the best possible healthcare services to Filipinos. This commitment is not limited to our members and stakeholders alone but likewise extends to the underprivileged and marginalized," said Archie Rillo, Chief Marketing Officer of Maxicare Healthcare Corporation. 

Aligning its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), specifically UNSDG 3: Health and Well-being, the company started #MaxiCares to help make sure that more Filipinos live healthy lives and encourage well-being for all ages by supporting relevant organizations and communities across the Philippines.

Gift of gratitude

Children in orphanages across the country receiving a flu vaccine through #MaxiCares. Photo source: Maxicare
Children in orphanages across the country receiving a flu vaccine through #MaxiCares. Photo source: Maxicare

At the height of the health crisis when mobility was limited and everyone was encouraged to stay at home, orphanages in the Philippines had a challenging time. They had to close their doors and set up bubbles to protect the children under their care. This proved to be a daunting task as most of the organizations relied on aid to sustain their services. 

"The health crisis and community restrictions limited our movements in doing our face-to-face work, especially in the street and community programs. We opted to stop the ongoing livelihood training, visitation, and other activities for the safety of everyone," said Arlyne Fernandez, Virlanie Foundation Executive Director.

Virlanie Foundation, Inc. is a private, non-profit, and non-sectarian organization reaching out to marginalized children and communities in the Philippines. They provide disadvantaged children with a caring family environment and opportunities for their healing and development through a multi-disciplinary approach, in collaboration with all stakeholders, so they can reach their full potential and contribute to society.

Since its creation in 1992 by French social worker Dominique Lemay, Virlanie has helped more than 17,000 children in need of special protection through its various programs and services.

Young children in orphanages getting their free flu shot. Photo source: Maxicare
Young children in orphanages getting their free flu shot. Photo source: Maxicare

During the community restrictions, one of the main concerns of the Virlanie Foundation administrators was to ensure the health and safety of those under their care. 

"The biggest challenge for us is the impact of the crisis on the children – physical, mental, and social. We had to make adjustments on the online and modular schooling, doctors' check-up and therapy, socialization, and extracurricular activities. We had to adapt as an organization to transition everything online and implement health and safety protocols across our programs. It was a big adjustment, but thankfully our staff and partners were very supportive," added Fernandez. 

With the help of this flu vaccine donation, Virlanie Foundation was able to continue providing healthcare to children in need. 

"Maxicare's flu vaccine donation helped Virlanie in providing prevention and care to improve the general well-being of the children, especially during these times. We hope this partnership will continue so we can help more children in need."

#MaxiCares

The HMO donated flu vaccines to orphanages to help provide prevention and care to young children in need. Photo source: Maxicare
The HMO donated flu vaccines to orphanages to help provide prevention and care to young children in need. Photo source: Maxicare

Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, one of the pioneers in the HMO industry, was established in 1987 by a group of doctors and businessmen with the vision to deliver a good healthcare system for the Philippines. 

More than three decades later, it has progressed into becoming one of the leading HMO providers in the Philippines, servicing over 1.6 million members across the country. 

Driven by its vision to serve and provide value to its customers and the Filipino community, the company remains passionate and dedicated to its mission of helping people achieve peace of mind and giving the finest healthcare service – extending this commitment to vulnerable and in-need Filipinos in different communities across the country through its CSR programs. 

"#MaxiCares is a testament to our commitment to being every Filipino's partner in healthcare. Our commitment to helping people live their best lives is not just limited to our members, but extends to the rest of the Filipino community as well," said Archie Rillo.

#MaxiCares is a CSR program of Maxicare Healthcare Corporation Inc.

To know more about Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, visit its website.

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