Signing of the ISHA project which provides free health and wellness package for women in uniform and women from the marginalized sector In photo from left: Dr. Victor Gisbert President of MakatiMed Foundation; Ms. Mikaela Luisa Teves, Executive Director of Spark Philippines, Ambassador Ilan Fluss; Ms. Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez
The Embassy of Israel in the Philippines launched the ISHA Project in celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8.
The project aims to serve as an effective tool for responding to the pressing health needs of Filipina women from underserved sectors and communities in cooperation with Makati Medical Foundation, Miss Universe Philippines, Spark Philippines, and MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for Development Cooperation. ISHA is the Hebrew word for “woman”.
Beneficiaries from the marginalized sector will be given a free Women’s Health and Wellness package sponsored by the Israeli embassy. The package will help detect and prevent women’s illness through consultation with OB-GYN specialists, breast examination, and PAP smear done at MakatiMed.
“This year, in the Philippines, we decided that we will focus on the issue of women’s health, which is extremely important,” Israel Ambassador Ilan Fluss said during the inauguration of ISHA project. “It is very important because not everybody has access to health services for free, especially the marginalized sector. It is a critical issue so I’m very happy that we’re able to inaugurate this program,” he said.
The Israeli Embassy advocates women’s health and wellness through the periodic conduct of health-related projects and activities.
Ambassador Ilan Fluss launched the project together with the President of MakatiMed Foundation Dr. Victor Gisbert; Ms. Marge Barro, Executive Director, Makati Medical center Foundation; Director of SPARK Philippines Ms. Mikaela Luisa Teves; Director of Miss Universe Philippines Ms. Shamcey Supsup-Lee; Ms. Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez; the embassy and MakatiMed staff; and the recipients of the health and wellness package.