The Philippines ushers in a new era in healthcare as it recently hosted the first-ever Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice Conference in Southeast Asia.
The AFMCP Conference was a five-day extensive training program that took practitioners through a deep-dive into the leading-edge advancements in Functional Medicine, a scientific approach applied to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, allergies, autoimmune disease, infertility, and neurologic conditions.
The AFMCP was hosted by the LifeScience Institute, a subsidiary of the ROMLAS Health Group, in partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine from the US.
RHG was founded with a vision of bringing global best practices in healthcare and wellness to the Philippines and making them more accessible to Filipinos. Through Functional Medicine, the company continues its advocacy to elevate the standard of healthcare in the Philippines and by doing so, addresses health issues that beset the country such as non-communicable diseases.
This comes at a critical time as one out of three Filipinos before the age of 70 dies from NCDs according to the Department of Health and the United Nations. With Functional Medicine, NCDs such as cardiovascular, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases are addressed and healthcare costs of Filipinos due to hospitalization and reliance on prescription drugs are lowered.
“Functional Medicine can help offer a bright, healthy future for Filipino families by giving access to education, treatments, and programs for clinicians and consumer communities,” said Michael Genato, Group CEO of RHG.
Over 240 delegates were equipped with the latest in-depth Functional Medicine research, training, and education.
“We made the AFMCP more accessible to more practitioners at a lower cost compared to attending it abroad,” added Genato. “The average fee for a similar five-day training normally costs around US$3,000 abroad, while it was only offered at US$1,050 here in the Philippines.”
The AFMCP’s participants and speakers have become a large support group to anyone who wishes to practice Functional Medicine and integrate this 21st-century approach into their practice. Through this conference, the practice of Functional Medicine continues to grow, giving access to more Filipinos who are in need of primary care.
“Our mission is simple. We seek to have a significant impact on how Filipinos can live better, longer lives,” shared Genato. “This is very much in line with the government’s vision of a healthy Philippines, and we are happy to do our share in revolutionizing primary healthcare in our country.”
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