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Musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions are prevalent worldwide, and their impact is pervasive, being the most common causes of physical disability and severe long-term pain. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are affected by musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to their physical effects, these conditions
Ortho Hi engages in various activities that will be of benefit to indigent patients in the Philippines and everywhere. The activities aim to assist the neediest, educate for the good of all, and support research that helps. All funds raised go to support these missions.
Maharlika Hall and Sports Grill and Ortho HI were able to pull off a successful fundraising activity “Maharlika – Ortho HI Days,” raising around $2000 in orders over 4 Wednesdays in August 2020, with 10% of the funds going to activities aimed at helping indigent patients in the Philippines.
Ortho HI is composed of a multidiciplinary, multi-expertise group, composed of physicians, nurses, business experts, etc., whose goal is to maximize funds and donations to help as many people as possible, needing of assistance in terms of medical and surgical care. The organization is transparent and solicits ideas from the community at large. It is very good at consolidating efforts of various organizations to help indigent patients in the Philippines and everywhere.
Ortho HI gathers funds through various means and redirects them completely towards the care of patients needing assistance. Medical and surgical needs are provided for. The needs of learners and physicians who take care of indigent patients are also addressed with these funds.
Ortho HI was conceptualized as a result of a trip in 2019 to the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC). There, it was evident that the needs of the patients were great, including such basic requirements as mosquito nets and food for indigent patients and roofing to prevent rain leaking over waiting areas. Other necessities were funds for crucial operations, medications, materials for the operating room, and reading materials for the residents and physicians. With the passing of Dr. Jose M. Pujalte, a past director of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC), his colleagues reminisced about the many contributions he had made to the center as well as the numerous plans he had for it. Dr. George Pujalte of the Mayo Clinic asked his brother, Dr. Brix Pujalte, the current POC director, if he could help the POC in any way. From conversations with his colleagues in the US, it became clear to Dr. George Pujalte that organizing a non-profit would be a great way of creating sustainable assistance for the POC. In addition, he thought that the organization could channel its assistance to patients at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), many of whom urgently needed such help. While the assistance should focus on the PGH’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, all patients would benefit from contributions of surgical equipment, wheelchairs, and crutches, among others. With this, Ortho HI’s vision became a goal, and the organization is now on its way to improving the lives of many indigent and underserved patients needing musculoskeletal and orthopedic care all over the world.