To start off our day we divided into two groups, Group 1 Shawn and Sarah, Group 2 Jaclyn and Chantelle, in order to participate in two separate health clinics. Compared to the community participation we have previously experience d in Canada we were shocked by the mass number of community members opting to have their children immunized. We quickly sprung to action by administering the various routine vaccines which include measles, mumps, and rubella, hepatitis B, oral polio, tetanus diphtheria pertussis, and BCG along with vitamin A supplementation. We noticed many differences in the immunization process, the most evident being BCG and Hepatitis B vaccinations at an early age. We witnessed the difference in the prioritization of immunizations guided by the presence of diseases.
In the afternoon we each partnered up with a Filipino nursing student and dispersed into our assigned barangay going door to door to perform individual household assessments. Using a health assessment tool translated into Tagalog language we attempted to administer the questionnaire in their language. This activity allowed us to empathize with clients and co-workers who are not fluent in english such as our northern residences and immigrants within our own communities. Attempting to ask questions by speaking their language and critically analyzing their situation was mentally trying. This experience forced us to step out of our comfort zone and understand their way of living.