Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) Foundation, through its executive director Mary Margaret Barro, formally received a financial grant from MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, to support the hospital’s SHALOM (Supporting Health to Heal as One with MASHAV and MakatiMed Foundation) Peace and Wellness kits project.
Officials cited Barro’s exemplary participation in the MASHAV Course in Innovations in Women’s Health held last 2018 in Israel.
Present at the turnover ceremony were Mr. Nir Balzam, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Israel; Atty. Pilar Nenuca Almira, president of MakatiMed; Dr. Victor Gisbert, president of MakatiMed Foundation; Dr. Bernard Cueto, program consultant of MakatiMed Foundation; Gladys Baniqued-Turiano, MASHAV Officer of the Embassy of Israel; Andrew Castillo, program officer of MakatiMed Foundation; and representatives from the PNP, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army and Philippine Navy.
SHALOM is MakatiMed’s COVID-19 response that provides psychosocial support and psychological first aid to front-liners and members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army and Philippine Navy.
Apart from the grant, Israel also donated COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment to the Department of National Defense (DND) and PNP.