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DESCRIPTION
Newborn screening (NBS) is a public health program aimed at the early identification of infants who are affected by certain genetic/metabolic/infectious conditions. Early identification and timely intervention can lead to significant reduction of morbidity, mortality, and associated disabilities in affected infants.
NBS in the Philippines started in June 1996 and was integrated into the public health delivery system with the enactment of the Newborn Screening Act of 2004 (Republic Act 9288). From 1996 to December 2010, the program has saved 45,283 patients with six (6) conditions were screened.
Newborn screening program in the Philippines currently includes screening of six disorders: Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), Phenylketonuria (PKU), Galactosemia (GAL), Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency and Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD).

The Expanded Newborn Screening will include 22 more disorders such as hemoglobinopathies and additional metabolic disorders, namely, organic acid, fatty acid oxidation, and amino acid disorders. The latter are included in the standard care across the globe.

 
 
 
VISION 
 
 
 
 
MISSION
 
 
 
 
OBJECTIVES
EARLY IDENTIFICATION of disorders that can lead to mental retardation, or even death
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
The five (5) components of the Philippine Newborn Screening System:
  1. Actual screening.  It involves all activities, resources and mechanisms related to the actual screening of newborn babies.
  2. Follow-up and recall of patients who are positive for any of the 6 disorders included in the newborn screening panel and 28 disorders for expanded newborn screening or of patients with rejected sample.
  3. Diagnosis or confirmation of cases on patients with positive results in the screening.
  4. Management/treatment and monitoring of babies confirmed to have the disorder.
Quality Assurance and program improvement.  Data are monitored and program protocols adjusted if problems are detected.
 
 
 
 
TARGET POPULATION/CLIENT
Newborn babies (0-28 days old)
 
 
 
 
AREA OF COVERAGE
Zamboanga Peninsula (Region-wide: 3 provinces and 5 cities)
 
 
 
 
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
Local Government Units (LGUs), Government Agencies (GAs), Non-government Agencies (GAs)
 
 
 
POLICIES AND LAWS
 
RA 9288: Newborn Screening Act of 2004
 
Administrative Order 2008-0029: MNCHN (Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition) Strategy
 
 
 
STRATEGIES, ACTION POINTS, AND TIMELINE
 Trainings, Advocacies, Monitoring, and Technical Assistance
 
 
 
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS/STATUS   
 NBS
 
 
 
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES 
1. NBS Training (6 disorders) and Refresher Course
2. Expanded NBS Training (28 disorders)
3. NBS Cluster Meeting with NBS Coordinators
4. G6PD Forum for Parents of Confirmed patients, Caretakers, and Health Workers
5. Reunion of Saved Babies
6. NSF Monitoring
7. Procurement of NBS commodities     
 
 
 
 
STATISTICS 
Region IX NBS 2016
Area
Livebirths
Screened
Coverage
Zamboanga del Norte
13,644
7,930
58.64%
Zamboanga del Sur
16,823
7,547
44.86%
Zamboanga Sibugay
11,548
7,927
68.64%
Dapitan City
1,772
1,693
95.54%
Dipolog City
3,133
5,257
167.79%
Pagadian City
3,299
6,422
194.67%
Isabela City
1,650
1,272
77.09%
Zamboanga City
22,723
14,452
63.60%
Total
74,592
52,500
70.38%
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM MANAGER CONTACT INFORMATION
Ms. Apryl Joy Calibot-Gresones, RN
NBS Coordinator   
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Mobile No. 09288169834