Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

World TB Day: Enlisting Communities in the Fight

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, is World Tuberculosis Day.

Catholic Relief Services is providing tuberculosis treatment and care in eight countries, including the Philippines province of Maguindanao. The Maguindanao Province is one of the poorest provinces in the Southeast Asian country. The life expectancy is age 53, with tuberculosis as one of the leading causes of death. Throughout the province’s 28 communities, our health experts and local partners have devised a system that, in addition to upgrading health facilities, has drafted members of the community to fight the disease.

Philippine Farmers Experiment to Boost Onion Harvest

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Onion shelter

Farmers in Impasugong, Bukidnon showing bulb onions grown under rainshelter. Photo by Randy Paler/CRS

It’s hard to tell from their humble appearance in American produce aisles, but onions are a finicky crop that requires particular conditions for each growing stage. Young plants need moisture to become sturdy and large, but the final month of growth must take place in much drier soil.

Some areas of the world are naturally suited to wet-followed-by-dry conditions, but in the tropical humidity of the Philippines, onion farmers are continually under threat of too much moisture during the final month before harvest.