By ayan c. mellejor
TAGUM CITY (PNA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DoH) signed a six-year strategy geared towards advancing the Philippines’ contribution to the global health agenda.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, who led health officials in the signing ceremony at Davao Regional Medical Center in Apokon, Tagum Thursday, said the Philippines-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2017-2022 will serve as guide for the DoH to achieve the vision of the Philippine Health Agenda.
It has three core guarantees: Interventions for all life stages that promote health and wellness, access to health interventions, and financial freedom when accessing health interventions.
Ubial said the visions are aligned with the global call for sustainable health care. These are bold steps yet implementable in a short period of time, she said.
Ubial cited the Davao’s health delivery network that is responsive to local health situation such as Kangaroo Mother Care or Unang Yakap, which is also cost-effective and brought down the morbidity child cbirth rate.
But the health secretary hinted at more public support as government cannot do it alone.
“Health will become everyone’s concern. I see the need to mobilize across all segments of society,” Ubial said in her speech during the signing of the CCS which also serves as the launching of the strategy.
Ubial also lauded WHO for its continued support to the Philippines. She said WHO has been a proven and tested partner of the Philippines and has a key role in the country’s window to global health.
Meanwhile, Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific said the signing of the strategy is an indication of the strong collaboration between the Philippines and WHO.
The CCS is a mechanism that defines WHO’s strategic framework aligned with national health policies and programmes, and complements the DoH’s pursuit of better health outcomes.
The DOH agenda includes saving lives by ensuring full access to immediate impact interventions, promote well-being, protect health, optimize the health architecture and use platforms for health.
Dr. Shin also visited the La Filipina Safe Birthing Facility, which is one platform to help build healthy Philippines.
Shin said sustaining health improvements and supporting the Philippine government to address other pressing challenges will be at the heart of the WHO’s work in the next five years.