URC President Earl Gast is interviewed by Rico Hizon on the CNN Philippines “Final Word” program on January 27, 2023. Photo credit: CNN Philippines

CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon interviewed URC President Earl Gast on the “The Final Word” program on Jan. 27.

The interview covered several subjects, including the impact of three USAID-funded projects that URC leads in the Philippines: USAID TB Platforms, USAID RenewHealth, and USAID BARMMHealth.

Gast addressed how these URC-led programs, respectively, are tackling the TB epidemic, supporting community-based drug rehabilitation, and improving access to maternal and child health services.

For example, Gast said, TB Platforms is using portable X-ray machines donated by Fujifilm to provide quick, accurate TB test results – even outside of hospitals and health centers.

Gast also spoke about his role as a board member of the US-Philippines Society and his experience working for USAID as a foreign service officer in the Philippines in the 1990s.