Sun Life Foundation Backs Building of New Barangay Health Stations

Beneficiaries pose and wave in front of a completed Sun Life Barangay Health Station in San Jose

Sun Life Financial-Philippines Foundation, Inc. (Sun Life Foundation), in collaboration with its implementation partner, Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI), recently endorsed fully equipped and fully functional Sun Life Barangay Health Stations (SLBHS) to eight barangays in Batangas.

Each SLBHS will provide primary healthcare services to the beneficiary-residents, especially among the marginalized sector of the community. This ensures access to basic medical services such as consultations, immunizations, as well as other health-related services including health education and disease prevention programs.

On top of these, the SLBHS shall also assist residents in looking for facilities that will let them avail of more comprehensive medical needs like laboratory and X-ray services should they have a need to do so.

“The Sun Life Barangay Health Stations play a pivotal role in the implementation of universal healthcare,” says Dr. Jaime G. Tan, Chairman of Health Futures Foundation, Inc. “Without the Sun Life Barangay Health Stations, the community cannot easily avail of universal healthcare services as well as affordable health systems delivery networks. HFI extends its heartfelt gratitude to Sun Life Foundation for fully supporting this worthwhile endeavor.”

Proactive care will also be promoted through the Community-Based Health and Wellness (CBHW) Program, which aims to build awareness about the prevention and treatment of diabetes, promote health and wellness knowledge among residents, enhance the skills of community health workers, and emphasize the importance of community involvement and participation on health-related matters.

All in all, the SLBHS are expected to serve up to 4,800 patients in the beneficiary barangays and impact up to 25,000 lives through its various services.

“Through these efforts, we hope to fill the deficit in the numbers of the needed barangay health stations so we can help more of our countrymen live healthier lives,” says Benedict Sison, CEO and Country Head of Sun Life Philippines as well as Chairperson of Sun Life Foundation. “We thank Health Future Foundations, Inc. for their trust and the community leaders in each of the barangays for their support.”

Sun Life Financial-Philippines Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Sun Life Philippines. This initiative was launched as part of Sun Life Philippines’ 125th anniversary in the country last year.