Lakad is the Tagalog word for walk or move. LAKAD PDX is an organization dedicated to re-connecting generations of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans to our roots, through projects that serve vulnerable communities in the Philippines.
We present an opportunity to take your first steps into supporting the health and wellness of the Filipino people, we hope to create a pathway for your motions to transform into a continuous movement.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE PHILIPPINES
On September 29th 2018, Lakad PDX will host it's second annual Lakad. This year's theme is Lakad for Life: a 5k walk/run to raise funds for various health related projects and initiatives in the Philippines, in partnership with the National Alliance for FIlipino Concern, that would provide free relief and rehabilitation to communities in need.
According to the World Health Organization, the Philippines is one of the leading countries in the world with the most cases of tuberculosis, maternal mortality, and neglected tropical diseases. The country also leads with the largest number of Homicide Rates in the Western Pacific Region.
The Department of Health reported that the country’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) rose to 221 per 100,000 live births from 162 in 2009. The figure tells of a glaring failure of the government in attaining its Millennium Development Goal target of reducing maternal mortality to only 52 per 100,000 live births by 2015. As a result, the government implements the “No Home Birthing Policy” as an answer to the soaring number of maternal and infant deaths but this policy did not improve the rates of mortality due to most households lacking funds to afford hospital bills and established health stations often ill-equipped with facilities, medicines and staff. We can see a similar situation with other health related problems in communities not located in city centers.
These are not common problems in other countries. At the root, poverty prevents most Filipinos from allotting time for health and the ability to afford treatments for curable sickness and diseases.