Text by Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
Photos by Jimmy Ray Williams
The Department of Health (DOH) together with the World Health Organization yesterday launched the Philippines-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2017-2022 at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum, Davao del Norte.
Dr. Shin Young-soo, director of the WHO regional office for the Western Pacific, DOH secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, and Dr. Gundo Weiler,WHO representative in the Philippines led the launching of the project.
Before the launching, a tour of the La Filipina Safe Birthing Facility in Tagum was done which cares for 80,000 clients and is one of the three birthing facilities in their city supported by WHO in training midwives on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care and Essential Intrapartum and Newborn Care.
At DRMC, the invited journalists together with other special guests were toured around the hospital’s facilities like the Care for Small Babies Unit. WHO supported DRMC by providing training for its Care for Small Babies (CSB) Unit through coaching, mentoring and supportive supervision on CSB implementation to other five participating hospitals, as well as capacity building for nearby hospitals.
Dr. Ubial said through CCS it will attain our local health goals. “If you can dream it you can do it. I believe in the power of aspiration. Health is everyone’s concern. Everybody in the community need to support to make this project work.”
CCS serves for a more stronger and more focused health service, the health secretary said.