CCES ran the Ateneo Medical Assistance for Doctorless Areas (AMADA), founded in 1994, and implemented under a joint agreement of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Department of Health, City Health Office and the barangays through the support of a non-governmental organization in Germany under the program “German Doctors for Developing Countries”. The program aimed to provide access to health and medical services for the poor in isolated, hard-to-reach communities in the city where government doctors are not able to serve.
AMADA established its ground in 39 areas all over the city primarily through trained community-based health volunteers, community organizers and physicians conducting clinics in various barangays. Cold chain facilities were provided in support of the immunization program. Community health volunteers were also equipped with first aid kits, blood pressure apparatus, and other basic medical instruments.
The program was awarded as most outstanding school project undertaken through volunteerism, in Region IX, by the Office of the President of the Philippines in 1999.
To date, CCES operates its health program by coordinating with established community health volunteers’ organizations and their officers under the AMADA program in order to monitor the program’s sustainability, and integrating health in its literacy program and sustainable agriculture project where skills in preventive healthcare, waste management and nutrition are shared with community partners.