The Children Cannot Wait
Health Program for Toxic Waste Victims
To assess the health needs of victims in identified areas contaminated by toxic wastes.
To conduct a thorough medical and laboratory diagnostic work up to patients suffering from different types of illnesses/symptoms.
To conduct/refer patients needing hospitalization and/or further medical intervention.
To document all activities of the project and come up with case studies of selected patients.
To continue case finding work especially in nearby areas outside Clark Air Force Base.
To promote collaboration among government agencies and Non-governmental organizations on addressing the toxic waste issue in former US bases in the Philippines.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
This project was conceptualized to respond to the needs of the victims of toxic waste contamination at former Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City, Pampanga. A health survey has been done by Dr. Rosalie Bertell, a doctor/scientist from Canada which revealed some trends in respiratory cases, reproductive disorders among women and some cases related to CNS disorders among children like cerebral palsy, congenital deformities and other forms of illnesses among residents in the CABCOM resettlement site in Pampanga and other adjoining communities near Clark area.
At present, a collaborative effort is being undertaken by concerned government agencies and the People’s Task Force for Bases Clean-up on different types of intervention, hopefully, to bring back the dignity of life that was lost especially to some residents who suffered more and still survived the calamity of being a lahar and toxic waste victim at the same time.
There are still many things to be done. A clean-up of the former US bases is needed! But before it will happen, the people, especially the children, cannot wait. They need your help. They need medical attention. They need food…livelihood and like any of us… they need to have normal lives again…to live humanly in this world full of struggles….
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in 2002