Community-based Research at Aeta Community

The College of Allied Medical Sciences (CAMS) together with the Community Outreach and Services Learning (COSeL) Department of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite (LPU-C) conducted an on-site medical research in its adapted Aeta community at Brgy. Puting Kahoy, Rosario, Batangas last February 25, 2015. The research activity is in collaboration with Centro Escolar University (CEU) Graduate School of Science and Technology and University of Malaya (Malaysia). The aim of this innovative research is not only to establish further knowledge but to a large extent is to find out whether the environment is susceptible to diseases (parasitism in particular) that will help the team assess the health condition of the Aetas living in the community and as such will provide awareness in the importance of health and the practice of proper hygiene.

 

(From left to right. Mr Mark Javier, Dr. Juliet Dungca, Dr. Romina Barcarse, Ms. Ravelyn Madlansacay, Mrs. Maria Teresa Basilides, Mr. Romy Castor, Ms. Maegan Matias)

 

Dr. Romina R. Barcarse, Associate Dean of CAMS LPU-C, and Dr. Juliet Dungca, Dean of School of Science and Technology (CEU) examined the specimen taken through anal swabbing from the local children.  Meanwhile, Mr. Mark Javier, head of COSeL, Mr. Romy Castor, CAMS faculty and adviser of MT101 and Ms. Maegan Matias, MT101 President led the group of MS Biology students from CEU in collecting water samples from the river down the mountain slopes. Water samples were collected from midstream, downstream and upstream. Furthermore, stool samples from animals were also collected.

Medicines provided by CEU-Manila were distributed to each Aeta family in the community. Mrs. Maria Teresa Basilides, RPh and Ms. Ravelyn Madlansacay, PH101 President explained to the head of the families the proper medication and shared drug information as well.

College of Allied Medical Sciences intents more profound encounters like this not only for the students to become well- versed to the world outside the campus but also to leave a character of absolute and unconditional service to countrymen.