The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is pleased to announce the first call for research proposals for the Advancing Health through Evidence-Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and Systems Research (AHEAD-HPSR) Program. Interested institutions, organizations, and researchers are invited to submit a full proposal on any of the topics listed below.
NOTE: This is to inform the public that the topic "Phase I: Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines/Training Component" will no longer be included in this cycle. Please stand-by for further announcements.
Seven years after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a leprosy free vision, the Philippines successfully eliminated leprosy at the national level. This means the prevalence was reduced to less than one case per 10,000 people. However, recent report by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed pockets of cases in the country account to about 1,500 leprosy cases identified mostly from poor communities each year. In the Western Pacific Region, the Philippines has the highest number of new cases detected. This is an indication that transmission is still ongoing and new strategies are needed to eliminate and interrupt the transmission of the disease.
One of the innovative technology developed to address this challenge is the Leprosy Alert and Response Network System (LEARNS), the country’s first mobile phone-based leprosy teleconsultation system. LEARNS is a product of partnership between the DOH-Novartis Task Force and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The concept of developing such technology came from the local tech company MetaHelix (“Mobile Teledermatology E-Referral System for Active Case Finding of New Leprosy Case”) whose entry was awarded the best entry in the Innovative Ideas category during the “Best Practices and Innovative Ideas in the Fight against Leprosy Contest” in 2013.
LEARNS is a mobile health (mHealth) tool that enables health care practitioners in remote areas to refer suspected leprosy patients to experts by sending a picture of the skin lesion and patient details through their mobile phone via either SMS or the LEARNS application. LEARNS promotes early case finding and helps reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment. Aside from case finding, LEARNS also provides data for disease surveillance, reaction and treatment outcome monitoring, message broadcasting, patient education, and report generation.
After its successful pilot in Iloilo province in 2014, LEARNS is now being implemented in 29 provinces in 9 regions, with over 6,000 trained healthcare providers. The DOH plans to expand LEARNS in other provinces including Sulu Province in Autonomous Regions for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). LEARNS is now part of the DOH national leprosy management guidelines.
Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae that is transmitted via nasal secretions or droplets during close and frequent contact with an untreated person, but is not highly infectious. According to WHO, the disease multiplies very slowly with an incubation period of about 5 years but symptoms can take as long as 20 years to appear. It may cause progressive and permanent damage to the eyes, limbs, nerves, and skin if left untreated.
As a national coordinating body for health research, the Council is committed into providing assistance to more studies such as this to help realize a healthier community for every Filipino.
For more information on PCHRD Programs, visit http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/programs-and-services
Seven out of 32 researchers were awarded the “Most Ready to Publish Paper” during the 15th National Medical Writing Workshop and 8th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 29-30 January 2019 at Palaccio del Sur, Zamboanga City. The award is given to participants whose papers are organized, well-written, and have the greater potential to get published in peer reviewed journals.
Winners for this batch were from CAR, National Capital Region, Region 5, Region 7, Region 9, as follows: Ms. Vera Cruz of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Ms. Ma. Joanna Carla Z. Garcia of University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Mr. Manuel Yoro of the University of the Philippines Manila, Mr. John Paul A. Tada of the Bicol University, Mr. Johnny J. Yao Jr. of the Velez College, Ms. Dorothy Faye Tan of the Zamboanga City Medical Center, and Mr. Norman Jake C. Mabalot of the Universidad de Zamboanga.
The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, in partnership with the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), conducts the writing workshop twice every year to help young researchers in health sciences acquire practical knowledge and writing skills in developing scientific articles for publications in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
The National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines Manila will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this coming February 28, 2019 with the theme “Lab to Life: Translating Health Research for Filipinos” at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer St., Pasig. The conference aims to bridge the gap between research and the community with the intent of bringing together experts from the national academic and research community and the industry.
The program of the said event will feature speakers from the World Intellectual Property Organization, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, and Department of Science and Technology. It will also highlight guide in seeking protection and partnerships and Future technologies to look forward to.