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Health

Strengthening Human Capital and Productivity
USAID helps improve access to health information and services for women and children, and strengthens involvement of men in family health.
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The Philippines is challenged by high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality and a high incidence of tuberculosis (TB). HIV prevalence remains low, but there is a spike in prevalence among the most-at-risk- populations. The rate of annual population growth, estimated at 1.9 percent in 2010, remains one of the highest in Southeast Asia. At the same time, the documented gap between actual fertility (3.3 children per woman) versus desired fertility (2.4 children per woman) signals a significant unmet need for family planning information, services and commodities.

USAID assistance enhances the capacity of the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH), local government units (provinces, municipalities and cities), and the private sector to provide quality health services. All USAID activities support the Philippine government's Universal Health Care agenda and are implemented through a bilateral assistance agreement with the DOH. USAID-supported programs focus on strengthening health systems while increasing the demand for and access to maternal and child health, and family planning services, TB control, and HIV/AIDS prevention services.

APPROACHES

Improving the Supply of Integrated Family Health Services
USAID works to increase the availability and accessibility of quality health services by helping the public sector become more efficient and effective. Simultaneously, it seeks opportunities to strengthen the quality of care offered by private sector providers and draw them into an expanded primary care role. USAID focuses on strategic integration of family planning with maternal and child health services, scaling up internationally accepted best practices, and helping the DOH roll-out its policies to key underserved areas. USAID will scale-up access to quality Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course (DOTS) services and improve programmatic management of drug-resistant TB to treat TB patients in both the public and private sectors. It seeks to improve referrals between private practitioners, pharmacies and the public sector to strengthen participation in TB management and control.

Developing Healthy Behaviors and Practices
Communication plays an integral part in an effective response to health challenges. USAID works with health officials and health service providers to inform the public and educate individuals about appropriate health practices, signs and symptoms of common family health issues, and availability of services. USAID utilizes multi-media approaches to reach the most number of target audiences with appropriate health messages using evidence-based communication campaigns. It mobilizes local NGOs and other sectors to generate communities’ demand for health information and services.

Improving Health Policies and Systems
The Philippine government has established national policies on maternal, neonatal, and child health, and nutrition, as well as a government strategy and action plan to address TB. USAID works to ensure that national-level strategies and policies are effectively developed with local input and disseminated to communities for implementation. USAID supports the elimination of policy barriers to the supply and demand of family health services. Much of USAID’s policy reform work focuses on securing long-term, sustainable financing for the health sector at both the national and local government levels, and at building the capacity of local governments for health planning, financing, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Last updated: June 20, 2014

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