News Release

LDSC Partners with DOH, Supports National Immunization Program

Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC) donated 75 sets of vaccine transport boxes and 670,000 vaccine cards to the Department of Health in the Philippines. Deliveries have been facilitated in 17 regions of DOH from April-May 2022.

This year, LDSC has made available $200,000.00 (PHP 10M) in partnership with DOH in support of the National Immunization Program, “Chikiting Bakunation Days," which will run from April to June 2022 nationwide.

The goal of which is to vaccinate 1.5M children to increase the coverage rate of the Fully-Immunized Child (FIC).

Dr. Kim Patrick Tejano, Project Manager of the National Immunization Program, visited with the area presidency and the LDSC team for a ceremonial handover of donations held at the Manila Philippines Administration Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Taniela Wakolo of the Philippines Area Presidency witnessed the signing of the acknowledgment of donation together with Elder Steven Bangerter on April 21, 2022.

Dr. Tejano said, “The cold storage boxes that were donated will help our regional and local health offices to receive and get access to the routine vaccines the government is purchasing for them. It will help in the accessibility and dispatch of the vaccines to their target areas.”

Last year, the Department of Health (DOH) recognized LDSC for its contributions to the department's campaign implementation of the Measles Rubella-Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity, a campaign organized to ensure that children receive life-saving vaccines for severe diseases amid the pandemic.

Gerry Guerra, regional manager for the Welfare and Self-reliance Department, explained how LDSC could come up with these initiatives.

He said, "Once a month, members of our Church go without food for 24 hours and contribute the supposed amount spent towards fast offering. Indeed, the Church wouldn't be able to participate in these initiatives without the sacrifice of those individuals who have faithfully given their fast offering to help individuals and organizations like this."

Donations from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are used around the world to help people improve lives. Since 1985, donations have allowed LDSC to provide assistance to millions of people in 197 countries and territories.

“We would want to reiterate and support the work that you do. LDSC wants to contribute and do our share in protecting our country”, said Jairus Perez, LDSC Country Director to DOH.

About LDSC

Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC), the humanitarian arm of the Church, helps preserve life and protect health, particularly of children, by improving access to immunization services. LDSC’s efforts have increased the number of immunized children and reduced the number of lives lost to measles, rubella, maternal and neonatal tetanus, polio, diarrhea, pneumonia, and yellow fever globally.

Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Latter-day Saint Charities is an application of the admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need.

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