2017 CALL FOR SOLUTIONS

We are searching for community-based solutions that are improving healthcare.
If you have developed and are implementing a healthcare solution, we want to learn from you!
Please click below to submit your solution through our online SIHI share platform.
FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY
Subscribe for updates and latest developments from the initiative.SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHILIPPINES

We have been searching for local solutions that are improving healthcare delivery in the Philippines! In 2017, we held an open call for people to submit their solutions. We selected the Top 5 solutions to recognise, support and research.

CONTINENT
Asia

phillipines

Country
Philippines

The University of the Philippines Manila Social Innovation in Health Hub and the Philippines’ Department of Health are partnering with the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) and co-sponsored by UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank, and WHO.

THE CHALLENGE FACING
THE PHILIPPINES

Significant gains have been achieved in improving the health of the Filipinos over the last 50 years. However, challenges remain for delivering quality health services, especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. The economic burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases continues to increase, exacerbated by high out of pocket payments. Emerging and re-emerging infectious tropical diseases pose a threat to public health and individual patient safety, with lack of adequate funding and innovation for prevention and treatment.

 

We heard from many people (community organisations, health workers, business owners, students, government workers) who have implemented solutions that are making health care for mothers and children more inclusive, effective and affordable.

THESE SOLUTIONS ADDRESSED
ISSUED SUCH AS

Infectious diseases of poverty including tuberculosis

HIV and AIDS

Patient safety

Improving affordability, equity, and access to health care

All submitted solutions were reviewed by an independent panel of experts who reviewed solutions based on how innovative, inclusive, effective, affordable, need focused, participatory and scalable they are.

OUR TOP 5 SOLUTIONS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

Be recognised by national and global health policy makers

 

Have a case study published on their solution

 

Be featured in a WHO/TDR film on social innovation in Philippines

 

Meet other social innovators in the Philippines and become part of the UP Manila -Social Innovation in Health Hub

TOP 5 SOLUTIONS FROM PHILIPPINES

1. Inter-island Health Referral System Strengthening through 1 facility, one health service boat project

The project aims to address access barriers to women in need of facility-based deliveries. The solution is a boat referral system that connects remote communities to maternity units through a sea ambulance. The innovation is in the financial model supporting the project which included upgrading the maternity health facility to become accredited by PhilHealth. This enabled the facility to receive reimbursements to fund the operations and maintenance of the boats. The project increased the facility based deliveries from 20% to 90%, created employment for men as boat operators and enhanced the health workers motivation.

2. Seal of Health Governance

The Seal of Health Governance (SOHG) is a local governance framework adopted by a local government unit to empower key stakeholders and embrace health as an important public service initiative to ensure growth and progress. The SOHG follows the WHO’s six building blocks for health system strengthening and is aimed at ensuring sustainability of health programs at the barangay and purok level. As a monitoring framework, it provides an enabling environment to incentivize barangay and purok-led innovations in health care and other sustainable investments.

3. National Telehealth System

A project aimed at supporting rural health workers to access to specialist care to refer their difficult clinical cases clinical subspecialists through short messaging services (SMS) or emails. The current protocol only allows for non-urgent, non-emergent cases to be referred or consulted for, so the turnaround time for responding to the referrals or consultations is 48 hours. Since 2004, NTS addressed over 2,000 teleconsultations and tele-referrals coming from health care facilities in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

4. 6.60 Kada Araw na Hulog Para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya

This project aims at increasing universal health coverage to self-employed tricycle drivers. To overcome the barriers experienced by drivers of making bigger quarterly contributions to PhilHealth, a project was started by the local PhilHealth Office to increase insurance collections. This is done by partnering with the local tricycle associations and establishing a daily payment collection system. Drivers are grateful for the benefit of being supported in their payment collection and with up to date payments, health coverage for them and their families are assured.

5. Kalingang Bata: Adolescent HIV Nursing for Community-Based Treatment, Care and Support

The project strengthens nurses’ role in community-based adolescent HIV treatment, care and support. The project trains and deploys Nursing Care Managers (NCM) in the community to liaise between the patient and the HIV treatment and support systems available for the patient. NCMs are working closely with the treatment hubs, social hygiene clinics, social workers and other NGOs. The project is currently being pilot tested in Iloilo City and Zambaonga City and is led by a Project Steering Committee composed of City Health Officials, representatives from DOH Disease Prevention and Control Bureau and Council for Welfare of Children.

SELECTION PANEL MEMBERS

DR. BEVERLY LORRAINE HO

 

Panel member: National Ministry of Health
Organisation: Department of Health

Read more

Dr Beverly Ho currently serves as the Chief of the Research Division at Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau of Department of Health. She is an alumna of UP Manila College of Medicine and obtained her Masters degree in Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

DR. EDUARDO C. JANAIRO

 

Panel member: District Ministry of Health
Organisation: Department of Health Regional Office IV-B

Read more

Dr. Janairo currently serves as the Director of Department of Health Regional Office IV-B: MIMAROPA He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Management

DR. OFELIA C. ABSIN

 

Panel member: Frontline health practitioner
Organisation: Leyte Provincial Health Office

Read more

Dr. Absin is the Provincial Health Officer of the Province of Leyte in Eastern Visayas. She is a Diplomate of the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians.

DR. MARY ANN D. LANSANG

 

Panel member: Academic with expertise on the health challenge
Organisation: College of Medicine, UP Manila

Read more

Dr. Lansang is a retired Professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the UP Manila College of Medicine. She serves as a member of various technical committees in the Department of Health and as a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Health Science and Technology Policy.

DR. MARISSA M. ALEJANDRIA

 

Panel member: Academic with expertise on the health challenge
Organisation: College of Medicine, UP Manila

Read more

Dr. Alajandria is the Director of Institute of Clinical Epidemiology in the UP Manila College of Medicine. She is also an infectious disease specialist and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology.

DR. ALELI D. KRAFT

 

Panel member: Business / entrepreneurship practitioner from private sector
Organisation: University of the Philippines Diliman School of Economics

Read more

Dr. Kraft is a professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics degree in the same institution in 1997. Her research interests include microeconomics, health economics as well as impact evaluation.

DR. ALVIN B. MARCELO

 

Panel member: Expert in mobile or e-health technology
Organisation: Asia eHealth Information Network

Medical Informatics Unit, UP Manila

Read more

Dr. Marcelo is the Executive Director of Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer of St. Luke’s Medical Center. He established the Master of Science in Health Informatics program in UP Manila and conducted local and international research in the field of eHealth and health information systems development. He took his postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Recently, he was elected member of International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI).

DR. BELEN L. DOFITAS

 

Panel member: Social innovator in health
Organisation: College of Medicine, UP Manila

Read more

A board certified dermatologist and clinical epidemiologist. Project leader of Partners in Leprosy Action (PILA) of the Philippine Leprosy Mission which was awarded by WHO TDR as one of the top 24 projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa for the Social Innovation in Health Initiative.

DR. IRIS THIELE ISIP-TAN

 

Panel member: Social innovator in health

Read more

Dr. Isip-Tan is a clinician and a professor at the University of the Philippines Manila. She also concurrently serves as the Director of Interactive Learning Center and Chief of Medical Informatics Unit of UP Manila College of Medicine. She holds a Master of Science degree in health informatics – medical informatics track.

MR. JOSEF DE GUZMAN

 

Panel member: Person affected by the health challenge (family member or patient)

Read more

Mr. De Guzman is currently the president of Psoriasis Philippines (PsorPhil) and also president of PsorAsiaPacific. He is also the chairman of World Psoriasis Day SC, treasurer of International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA). He is a member of the Philippine Alliance of Persons with Chronic Illness (PAPCI) and is a member of the Board of MeTA Philippines.

DR. BERNADETTE J. MADRID

 

Panel member: Civil society representative (community leader)
Organisation: Child Protection Unit, UP PGH

Read more

Dr. Madrid is currently the Director of the Child Protection Unit of the University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UP College of Medicine. She is also the Executive Director of the Child Protection Unit Network, an NGO that supports the training of Child Protection Professionals and the development of Child Protection Units in the Philippines.

DR. SUSAN P. MERCADO

 

Panel member: Person affected by the health challenge (family member or patient)
Organisation: WHO-WPRO

Read more

Dr. Mercado is the former director of the division of NCD and Health through the life course, WHO Office for the Western Pacific Region. As the director, she oversaw teams of international public health experts who work with governments in 37 countries and areas in Asia and the Pacific on: health promotion; non-communicable diseases and their risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, diet and physical activity); mental health and substance abuse among others. Prior to her work in WHO, she served as Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines. She has worked in the nongovernmental (NGO) sector on various public health concerns including urban primary health care, disaster medicine, community based health.

TO LEARN MORE AND SEE OTHER EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH VISIT one of the case studies below.