Adonai's Mercy House is dedicated to providing emotional, financial, and educational support to children with cancer, their families, and survivors.
The reality of childhood cancer in the Philippines is challenging. Accurate diagnosis and effective treatment are only possible in major cities with specialized facilities. Unfortunately, two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at advanced stages when a cure is no longer possible or can only be achieved through aggressive and expensive treatments.
Economic constraints lead to high treatment abandonment rates, particularly among those who can access early-stage treatment. As a result, survival rates for childhood cancer in developing countries like the Philippines are abysmally low compared to developed nations.
In the Philippines, over 3,500 new cases of childhood cancer in children under 15 are reported annually. Shockingly, only 30% of these children receive proper diagnosis and less than 20% achieve long-term survival due to late-stage diagnosis. For many, the treatments they require are only available in large medical centers that they cannot afford. Consequently, a significant gap exists between patients from wealthier backgrounds and those who are economically disadvantaged. The cost of chemotherapy and supportive medications remains a major barrier for underprivileged patients.
At Adonai's Mercy House, the majority of the children we support are battling cancer. Common types include retinoblastoma (eye cancer), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (white blood cell cancer), lymphoma (lymph node cancer), and various other forms of cancer and terminal illnesses.
Our focus is primarily on terminally ill and special needs children, with most falling within the age range of 1 to 14 years old.
In countries worldwide, including the Philippines, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect individuals, requiring lifelong care and support from their families. Unfortunately, in economically disadvantaged regions, such as the Philippines, there is a lack of knowledge and available support services for affected families.
The World Health Organization highlights three crucial questions that need to be addressed regarding ASD: the likely prevalence of the condition within the country, the impact on families who are primarily responsible for the care of affected individuals, and the training and support required to promote the child's development and well-being.
Currently, there is no dedicated National Center in the Philippines for diagnostic procedures or comprehensive treatment of ASD. Moreover, formal educational programs that specifically address the needs of children with ASD are absent. While a few teachers may possess limited awareness, they lack formal training in identifying and supporting children with developmental disorders. Suspected cases are often referred to private practitioners, such as Developmental Pediatricians, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists. However, due to limited awareness and the associated costs of diagnosis and medical support, the average Filipino family is unable to pursue proper care for individuals with ASD.
There is an urgent need to reach out to these families, schools, non-governmental organizations, and local medical facilities with educational resources to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of autism and other special needs. Individuals with ASD may experience challenges such as anger, anxiety, meltdowns, sleep difficulties, and poor concentration.
At Adonai's Mercy House, we also provide support to children with Autism and Special Needs by exploring sensory therapy strategies and alternative approaches alongside pharmaceutical interventions. We assist families in accessing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which includes holistic approaches and dietary education and training, aiming to improve the well-being of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
At Adonai's Mercy House, we offer valuable resources and support to parents and family members dealing with childhood cancer. Our aim is to provide practical information on various aspects, including cancer treatment, coping strategies, and more. We understand the challenges families face and strive to empower them with knowledge and guidance throughout their journey.
Additionally, we recognize the importance of education and training in effectively supporting children and caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum. To address this need, we provide comprehensive Education & Training Programs. Through a range of classes and workshops, we equip parents, children, and caregivers with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate life with a child on the autism spectrum. These programs are designed to enhance understanding, promote effective communication, and foster a supportive environment for children with autism and their families.
Our commitment is to ensure that families have access to the information, resources, and educational opportunities necessary to provide the best possible care and support for their loved ones.