DOH supports HFL advocacy on spreading awareness on Lupus

On May 30, 2018 Hope for Lupus Foundation reached another milestone as it launched the “Lupus, kayang-kaya ko ‘to!” book. This book is written in conversational Filipino with illustrations and photos to make it easy to understand and to be more entertaining to the readers.  The thirty-three paged book contains basic information on what is lupus, i.e., symptoms, causes, treatment, coping with lupus, complications arising from lupus, lupus in children, lupus during pregnancy, and other frequently asked questions. This book is an abridged version of “Living Better with Lupus”. “Living Better with Lupus” is a comprehensive reference and self-help book about lupus, which was authored by Cong. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Dr. Evelyn Osio-Salido, Dr. Geraldine Zamora-Racaza and Dr. Angeling Magbitang-Santiago that was launched last July 2017 and is now available in major bookstores.

“Lupus Kayang-kaya ko ‘to!”  is written and published with the intention of raising awareness about lupus in the provinces and rural areas and to help those with lupus and their families to cope with the illness. Aside from the book, the Foundation also made a poster containing basic information about lupus, its symptoms and the contact information of HFL. The poster will be posted in all health centers and government hospitals as well.

Following the book launch, the foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Health (DOH) for the free distribution of posters about lupus and the “Lupus, kayang-kaya ko ‘to!” book to different barangay health units, government hospitals and other DOH controlled health units. The DOH was represented by Sec. Francisco T. Duque III and the Foundation by Congw. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Founder and President of HLF; and the other authors –Dr. Evelyn Osio-Salido, Dr. Geraldine Zamora-Racaza and Dr. Angeling Magbitang-Santiago in the MOU.

The momentous book launch and signing of the MOU was witnessed and attended by the authors of the book: Congw. Emmeline Villar, Dr. Evelyn Osio-Salido, Dr. Geraldine Zamora-Racaza and Dr. Angeling Magbitang-Santiago together their families, friends, HFL incorporators, lupus warriors and some press people. Present during the book launch are Sec. Mark Villar with their daughter Emma Therese; Rt. Gen. Edgar and Mrs. Marinette Aglipay; Former Sen. Manuel Villar; Mr. Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena; Mr. Paolo and Ms. Camille Villar and HFL incorporator Melanie Cuevas.

The MOU with the DOH is a remarkable progress for HFL to realize its vision to have a world without Lupus by promoting early detection and proper medical treatment to help people win the fight against lupus.

Lupus, kayang-kaya ko ‘to!” will be available for free in all health centers and government hospitals all over the Philippines.