2016 was the year we significantly scaled-up our clinical services by conducting missions all over Palawan. We tripled the number of women that we reached in 2015. We also made a fundamental change to the Youth Advocate Program. Instead of only working with young people in our ten communities, we opened it up and now work with youth all over Puerto Princesa. The impact has been immediate and future looks promising.
This October Roots of Health began a partnership with the Philippine Navy to provide services to remote island communities. For the first mission we traveled to Balabac, an island off the southern tip of Palawan. The mission was physically grueling but well worth it as we have changed the lives of many women there.