Clinic franchising ready for midwives

STA. RITA – The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is now accepting Well Family Midwife Clinics (WFMC) franchisees in bid to promote affordable maternity health care in the province.

This was announced by KDF President Benny Ricafort stressing that the franchise would boost community awareness of proper maternal care and would greatly lower the price cost of maternal and birthing services.

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Among the popular WFMC franchisees include corporate establishments like Mc Donalds or Jollibee.

KDF is a member of the Well Family Midwife Clinic Partnership Foundation Inc (WPFI), a non profit organization that owns the social franchise that uses the brand name WFMC.

Through the WFMC franchise, midwives will establish their birthing clinics, following standard protocols and standards set by the franchise. This will assure the clients of the WFMCs quality assurance.

The WFMC franchisees can avail of KDF services such as loan assistance for the renovations/construction of their clinics, rent to own equipment, business advice, medical/technical/scientific trainings and other continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs on a continuing basis.

KDF announced that for this year, 10 WFMC franchisees will be assisted. KDF recently signed a partnership agreement with the Love For Life Foundation (LFLF) and the Datu Angeles David Memorial Foundation Inc (DADMFI) in operating the Jesus A. Datu Medical center (JADMC) in Bacolor town.

KDF will establish a birthing clinic at the JADMC that will serve as a training clinic for the midwives. KDF will implement an integrated Maternal – Newborn Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) program for Pampanga that help in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in Pampanga.

KDF works through a network of local organizations as its partners. To date, KDF has 98 local partners that are working together in providing health services for the indigents.

In the last two years, 1198 patients were helped through cataract surgeries and hundreds more in the prosthesis for the amputees, wheel chair distribution and harelip and cleft palate surgeries.

The Rotary Clubs of Pampanga, supported by the district Governor Rolando “Oyan” Villanueva, provided KDF a matching grant of more than P2,000,000 to help establish the Clark Polytechnic Prosthetics laboratory and Training Center in partnership with the Physicians For Peace.

The key partners of KDF and JADMC in the implementation of the Maternal – Newborn Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) will be the Rotary Clubs of Pampanga, Social Action Center of Pampanga, Lions, Soroptimists, Love for Life Foundation, Datu Angeles David Memorial Foundation Inc, Quota International Pampanga, WPFI, and the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to name a few.

“This is an ideal opportunity for midwives who are working overseas to come home and be entrepreneurs and set up their own birthing clinics,” Ricafort told Sun.Star Pampanga.

“I was told that most of the WFMC franchisees all over the Philippines are ex Overseas Workers. They are now earning a lot, in fact, many have become, millionaires,” Ricafort added.

Midwives who are interested to be the first ten WFMC franchisees in Pampanga may contact the KDF at 09178403711

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