By Jennifer C. Tilos
MANILA, Sept. 27 (PIA)–The US Embassy Manila through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted Silliman University P21.5 million worth of a new state-of-the-art school building.
This education facility building is designed to enhance the quality of education offered by one of region’s premier educational institutions, Silliman University.
According to US Embassy information officer Tina Malone the USAID’s Office of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) granted P21.5 million to SU through the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia to expand the university’s Intensive Care Unit Simulation Laboratory and facilities.
“The U.S. government is pleased to work with one of the Philippines’ leading universities to support its goal of strengthening the quality of education it offers to its students,” said USAID Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele.
USAID/ASHA’s grants help cultivate positive relationships and reinforce the strong links between the United States and the Philippines.
The expanded facility is a five-unit Simulation Laboratory and Resource Center.
It boasts simulation rooms for two Intensive Care Units one Neonatal/Pediatric Care Unit a virtual Operating Room, and a Labor and Delivery Room. The latter two rooms are part of the original structure, but have been upgraded with new equipment through grant funds.
This facility provides Silliman University with the equipment and technology needed for clinical simulations such as Human Patient Simulators, and other robotic machines, tools and resources that will teach students how to deal with real life patient situations.
Malone said, aside from the Silliman University grant, USAID provided approximately P16.3 million to CURE, a network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs, for supplies to support surgical services and training at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao.
Opening later this year, the hospital will provide pediatric orthopedic surgical care, helping children with treatable conditions, such as foot and spinal deformities, said Malone.
The hospital expects to serve approximately 1,500 outpatients and provide 500 surgical procedures annually.
The USAID/ASHA program assists schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States.
ASHA awards support to construction and renovation, and helps procure scientific, medical, and educational equipment.
Since 1947, ASHA has assisted more than 250 institutions in over 70 countries and currently manages a worldwide portfolio of more than 100 awards.
ASHA has invested more than Php826 million ($19.2 million USD) in the Philippines over the last 55 years. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Sept. 27, 2014)