Our Principles

Leadership, commitment, advocacy and voluntarism are the binding principles of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health in the Philippines, which are grounded on the following philosophy:


VYLH-Philippines believes that collectively the youth sector can lead in collaboration with other sectors in nation building by working towards a healthy society.


VYLH-Philippines believes that in order to play a critical role in nation building, unrelenting commitment to humanitarian endeavor that benefits the public is of utmost importance.


VYLH-Philippines believes that the network in collaboration with government and non-government health agencies at all levels shall advocate for the health needs of the youth sector and public towards a healthy future.


VYLH-Philippines believes that the spirit of volunteerism should be inculcated in the minds of the youth, making them more responsible and concerned citizens. 

 Our Objectives

Our National Goal

To create a network of Volunteer Youth Leaders and Youth Organizations in universities and schools in major cities and communities in the Philippines dedicated to the promotion of awareness on the role of folic acid on the prevention of birth defects specifically neural tube defects., promotion of newborn screening, and gathering of public support for rare disorders.

Specifically, VYLH-Philippines aims:
  • o conduct research on the current knowledge and perception of the youth about folic acid, preterm births and birth defects through survey forms;
  • To develop informational materials that will increase the knowledge and perception of the youth about folic acid, preterTm births and birth defects;
  • To conduct promotional activities (addressing the issues on preterm births and birth defects) among the youth with main topics based on the results of the research;
  • To increase awareness among women in their reproductive age on the significance of folic acid supplementation in the prevention of birth defects;
  • To increase public awareness in saving newborns from mental retardation and death through newborn screening;
  • To lobby public support for the urgent passage of the Rare Disease Act of the Philippines, an act addressing the needs of patients with rare, orphan disorders; and
  • To organize “educated” youth and youth groups to conduct awareness campaigns in the community and in other universities.(to be updated)