Published by Hope Kim Pranza


Conditions we treat: cleft lip and palate

by on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:25 pm

This blog is part of an ongoing series looking to explain the common conditions CURE treats in ways that all of us non-medical folk can understand.  A cleft lip and cleft palate is essentially a gap between the lip and the palate. It is a congenital condition that is developed in the mother’s uterus where […]

The need for children’s medical care in the Philippines

by on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 9:09 am

The Philippines is an archipelagic country with over 7,600 islands and islets in Southeastern Asia, located in the Western Pacific Ocean. The Philippine islands are grouped into three main geographical areas, from North to South – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. With its tropical climate, its wealth derives from a diversity of farmlands and aquatic resources. […]

Cleft lip and palate repair for Zane

by on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:11 am

When the government gave permission for specialized hospitals to operate once again, Tebow CURE was ready. Our building was made spot-free from floor to ceiling and chairs were placed strategically to ensure social distancing. We were ready and excited to welcome our first patients after lockdown, and that is when we met Zane and his […]

Working with Integrity: A Servant’s Heart

by on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:43 am

The new protocol is that all Tebow CURE Hospital employees walk up to the building, get their temperature checked, step through the footbath, spray rubbing alcohol on their hands, and then check-in for work. Every morning on my way into the hospital, I see one of our maintenance crew members sweeping the ramp to make […]

A Smile can be the Best Medicine

by on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:59 am

“Problems are everywhere. I have my own, but you can choose to walk around without carrying a frown,” Melba shares with a smile. Melba is a pharmacist at the Tebow CURE Hospital. With her office at the entrance to the hospital, she sees people coming and going from the hospital every day. Melba has been […]

God Makes the Difference in Extraordinary Circumstances

by on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 8:54 am

Let me state the obvious: we have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For us here in Davao City, Philippines, our ability to move out and about has been limited. The usually long queues in public places have become even longer. Access to public transportation has been much more challenging, especially to my co-workers […]

Growing Faith in the Waiting

by on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9:16 am

“My favorite story in the Bible is the story of David. I think that David is strong, and I admire his faith in God, especially when he faced a giant,” shares Carmel. Young as she is, Carmel faces many giants in life. She lives in a mountainous area, in a Teduray indigenous community, far from […]

Nurse Delia: Following God’s leading

by on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:35 am

Hospitable, caring, hardworking, and always smiling, these are character traits that are embedded in the Filipino culture and define why nursing is a perfect fit for many Filipinos, especially those working overseas. According to the Philippine News Agency, roughly 10 to 12 million Filipino nurses and caregivers are working in more than 50 countries abroad. […]

Nurse Miay and Althea’s Special Bond

by on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:52 am

“Sociable, stress-reliever, and strong-willed,” these are words that Althea’s mom, Rean, uses to describe her daughter. We agree with Althea’s mom! We often hear Althea singing, talking, and bringing joy to everyone that passes by. Some of that shared joy comes from a special bond that Althea has with her CURE nurse, Miay. Althea was […]

Trusting God Amidst Lockdown: CURE Philippines

by on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

“Healing changes everything” is a statement that I’ve lived by for the past eight years that I’ve been involved with CURE. However, since the impact of COVID-19, I’ve found myself wondering what that statement means when our hospital decides to cancel elective cases and limit the number of patients we see at clinics. Every Monday […]

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