The Lupus Bridging Fund
The Lupus Bridging Fund was established in 2011 by the Section of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, UP-PGH. It provides for the immediate and crucial needs of patients in their direct moments of illness.
Why help patients with Lupus?
Lupus most commonly afflicts women of reproductive and working years – young mothers with younger children; students with a potentially bright future; single ladies who financially contribute to their families and the society are not spared. Patients did not get lupus because they drank excessively, smoked, or used illegal drugs. While there are inherited factors for the disease, the lupus patient may have incurred additional environmental causes while prioritizing the needs of family and loved ones and putting their health to the backseat. In some cases, ladies who work night shifts, mothers removed from families to work overseas and emotionally battered women developed lupus.
In 2009, SLE was the 14th top cause of admission in the medical wards of the Philippine General Hospital. In 2010, it was the 13th. Those who are admitted to the Philippine General Hospital mostly belong to the lower economic strata of Philippine society. More important is that, they also need aggressive and costly treatment that they can ill afford. This includes antibiotics, steroids and other important drugs given through the veins.
Doctors can save more lupus patients (and their families) if funds are available to bridge the acute treatment phase and the maintenance phase. PGH, being one of the largest tertiary referral hospitals in the country, more often than not sees the darkest and most devastating faces of SLE.
As an example, the 2011 estimates of expenses for treating severe lupus flare is shown in the table.
|Medicine/Diagnostic||Cost per unit||Days needed||Total|
|Antibody test/s||P1,000; P2,500||P1,000 – P3,500|
|Antiphopholipid antibody panel||P4,800||P4,800|
|Methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPPT)||P3,700 (1-2 vials per day)||
|P11,100 – 22,200|
|Antibiotics, e.g., meropenem||P1,200 (3 vials/day)||
|P25,200 – 50,000|
|Blood transfusion||P400 processing fee/bag||P400|
The Lupus Fund aims to shoulder the acute phase treatment of our lupus patients, which could cost to up to P25,000.00 – 30,00.00 per patient. The amount you give will see a young mother returning home, caring for the family, overcoming and surviving lupus, working, and ultimately contributing to society.