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Financing Health Services in the Philippines: What we need to do?

Posted on Jun 10 by

Karlo Paredes | Karlo is one of the founding members of ASHDA. He is a PhD Candidate in Health Economics and Policy at Seoul National University. One thing is for sure: Countries need to achieve Universal Heath Coverage (UHC). That is, making sure all people have access to needed health services – just because it is the most appropriate thing to do. One of the most important questions often asked to achieve UHC is “Who will pay for health services and how much?”. I personally believe this is as abstract as asking yourself “How much do I need to have a good life?” or “How much do I need to spend so I will live healthy in the next 20 years or so?”. Well, the answer will probably be the same – what you need is more than the money you think you should have. Developing solutions for sustainable financing in health is something that the Philippines should start doing more for. But how do Filipinos pay for health services in the first place? The answer: There’s a lot of sources and financing health in...


Parental involvement and use of adolescent health services in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 29 by

Kristine S. Romorosa | Kristine is one of the founding members of ASHDA. She is currently finishing her Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. In the past decade, the Philippines had a notable increase in the number of teenagers getting pregnant based on civil registries and health surveys. On a recent survey conducted last 2012, the Youth Adult Fertility and Sexuality (YAFS) study noted that about 14% of women aged 15 to 19 years old already became pregnant for the first time or are already mothers for their second, third and even fourth time. When compared this to YAFS 2002, there has been a rise of about six percent (DRDF 2014). The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law enacted last December 2012 is one of key tool in limiting and preventing incidences of teen pregnancies in the Philippines. Section 23(a)(2)(ii), in particular, indicated that health providers should not require parental consent from minors seeking reproductive health services (i.e. family planning methods, prenatal checkups, etc.) except “only in elective surgical procedures” and “in...


ASHDA partners with WHO Philippines in implementing RUP in Caloocan City

Posted on Jan 12 by

The ASHDA has partnered with WHO Philippines to implement Reaching the Urban Poor (RUP) project in Caloocan City. Already on its second phase, ASHDA in cooperation with the city health office of Caloocan and Department of Health – Center for Health Development NCR aimed to scale-up the RUP initiative. In this phase of the program, attention will be directed to Barangays 18, 73, 118 and 120. Also focusing on improving maternal and child health outcomes, the project includes components that will help these barangays improve their strategies to achieve improvements in maternal and child health indicators. The program lasted for 6 months from June until December...


ASHDA completes emergency medical missions to Busuanga and Coron, Palawan [Haiyan]

Posted on Dec 5 by

 ASHDA completes medical missions in the Municipality of Busuanga and Coron, Palawan last November 22-25, 2013. The organization was able to collaborate with various government offices and other civic organizations. The following showed their support and guidance throughout the said venture:   1. Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea, Inc (PIKO) – A student organization based in South Korea who provided financial support for the procurement of medicines & supplies for the Mission, worth $6,989.5 (303,693.78 Php2). 2. A Million Voices – a Norwegian organization based in Manila who went along with ASHDA in Coron, Palawan to conduct an ocular inspection for their relief operation. 3. Health Emergency Management System (HEMS) of Center for Health Development IV-B (MIMAROPA) – concurrently doing the crisis assessment in three (3) affected municipalities of Palawan, namely Culiat, Coron and Busuanga respectively. They led us to meet corresponding local authorities for operational discussions. 4. Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) – organized and spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense to assess the extent of the damages brought about by the catastrophic event; and, 5. Local...