Spiritus Vitae is an international non-government organisation providing life-saving medical support to sick infants from indigent families in the Philippines through systematically establishing innovative and evidence-based programs and projects. With a population of over 100 million, the Philippines has a healthcare system that is constantly challenged with insufficient infrastructure and limited reach. Spiritus Vitae was created to support the Philippine Department of Health and other organizations championing newborn care.
More than 90 hospitals all over the country are enrolled in Spiritus Vitae newborn care program. The groundbreaking program was developed from the Breath of Life program of East Meets West Foundation (Thrive Networks), which ran from 2012 to 2016, and was continued by MTTS Enterprises-Philippines from 2016 to 2018.
In the third quarter of 2018, a group of humanitarian and development workers decided to form Spiritus Vitae (Breath of Life), an organization that would implement Neo-natal projects in the Philippines. In 2019, Spiritus Vitae (SV) is formally registered in the State of Washington as non-profit organization, where its headquarters is also located. David Dishman is the founding Chairman of the new organization in the USA. Subsequently, a representative office is established in the Philippines (PH) by a group of dedicated Filipino humanitarian and development workers that have intensive experience in evidence-based interventions in the local context. The PH group’s expertise are in the field of Health, Nutrition, Education, Community Development, Emergency Response, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter and Green Energy, and, Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL).
In 2019, SV is spearheading the program, while further improving service delivery, and monitoring and evaluation.
Spiritus Vitae understands that to undertake this program, a holistic approach to health service delivery should be taken into account with the aim of addressing SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
SDG 3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
SDG 3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
SDG 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
SDG 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
SDG 3.d Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.
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