When Tae Goes Somewhere Else

      Last December 7, 2016, a small talk on the mechanism of fecal-oral transmission was discussed by the medical students assigned at Barangay Venus, Sergio Osmena. The talk is part of the Oplan Pansayan Edcuational Program which caters to both schoolchildren and adults.

The group introduced the “f” diagram which they adapted from a concept created by Lougborough University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering. The diagram summarized the pathways in which fecal matter can be ingested by humans and further contaminate others. It became a very good source of information to the residents of Barangay Venus since the diagram is very visual and uses terms and examples that really fit the community’s situation. It also showed different pathways in which concepts of WASH are needed to stop fecal-oral transmission.  Since WASH has been integrated to the introduction of the diagram, the group also decided to demonstrate handwashing techniques based on the World Health Organization’s steps. The demonstration activity also caught the attention of the adult residents since this was already introduced at the barangay’s elementary school.

        Along with the group’s Oplan Pansayan program, the presentation of the “f” diagram was introduced to emphasize the importance of the barangay  health team’s effort in monitoring households with sanitary toilet facilities.

The small talk may only be the beginning for upcoming bigger steps in achieving sanitation for the barangay.

Article by Elimar C. Pingkian





We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits


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