The Student Nurses Association of the Philippines (SNAP) of the West Visayas State University is part of a nationwide association of nursing students. Their project aptly dubbed HEART or Health and Education Action Reform Thrusts is a year-round health awareness campaign consisting of three components namely Araw Pambata, Health Forum and Healthy Environment for a Reform Tomorrow. HEART served as an avenue where the nursing students were able to help their community in Iloilo City by applying the knowledge and skills they learned in school.
Faye Dominique Palmares served as SNAP’s representative to the 8th TAYO Search. She expressed the organization’s sense of accomplishment in knowing that they all contributed to the growth and development of the community belonged to.
In her presentation before a panel of judges, Faye reported that the accomplishment provided her and her fellow SNAP members an avenue for growth and self-development, firmly believing that people learn even from all people they engage with and from the one’s they teach.
“We make caring our target, and we empower people by putting health in their hands,” she added.
What’s the Story?
HEART serves as an “adopt-a-barangay” project where students are able to teach proper health practices and at the same time learn from hands-on experience. Nursing seniors mentor students from lower year levels to ensure continuing efforts and promote team-building.
Through SNAP’s spearheading, groups from the West Visayas State University such as the Mountaineering Club, The Extension and Research Office, and the Alumni Association of Nursing, worked hand in hand with barangay officials and residents. Non-government organization Help Panay also extended assistance in the form of learning materials.
Araw Pambata was conducted in the Day Care Centers of Barangay Nabitasan and Barangay Magsaysay. The members of SNAP assessed the health of the children in the centers and taught them healthy practices through games and storytelling.
The Health Forum was a seminar that aimed to raise awareness on Leptospirosis, a disease that is usually pervasive during flooding due to contaminated water. The forum was held in Barangay Nabitasan, where frequent flooding and crowded areas expose residents to a higher risk of contracting infectious disease.
The third component of HEART, which is the Healthy Environment for a Reform Tomorrow, was a tree-planting activity, carried out in cooperation with the Mountaineering Club in the Maasin Watershed of Iloilo.
Recognition and Success
Aside from receiving a 25,000 peso grant, SNAP’s recognition as a TAYO 8 National Finalist strengthens the organizations goals and future plans. Currently, members are aiming to organize a health forum and further pursuing linkages with more partner organizations.