DOH strengthens universal health care at a community level

From the Department of Health

In line with administration’s thrust toward providing quality health services to all Filipinos, a pledge of commitment was made by government officials at a DOH national health summit aimed toward universal healthcare. 


The Department of Health (DOH), together with the European Union to the Philippines (EU), spearheaded a national health summit with the theme “Universal Health Care: Making Local Health Service Delivery Work” on August 15, 2015. This summit aimed to capture, share, and scale-up local health practices and interventions proven effective in increasing access to quality maternal, newborn, and child health care.

Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Health Care is the current thrust of the Aquino Administration in order to bridge the inequality gap and reduce barriers to health care, reduce social exclusion and work towards universal coverage of delivering health services to Filipinos.

In order to attain these goals, DOH launched the High-Impact Five (Hi-5) last May 2015, which focuses on Maternal Health Care, Infant Care, Child Care, HIV/AIDS, and Service Delivery Network. This strategy aims to produce the greatest improvement in health outcomes especially in 43 priority provinces.

“With all these strategies laid out for the different priority programs, we just have to improve our coordination, eliminate duplication of activities and enhance complementation of assistance in order to guarantee our success. Mararamdaman, mararanasan, at makakarating sa lahat ang Kalusugan Pangkalahatan.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said.

A symbolic pledge of commitment was made by representatives from the executive and legislative branches of the government, local government units, government agencies, non-government organizations and developmental partners present in the summit to signify their support for universal health care.

Moreover, cabinet secretaries of Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and other government agencies signed a manifesto to support the 43 priority provinces & 64 Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) and Whole of Nation Initiative (WNI) municipalities; and Memorandum of Understanding for School-Based Immunization. Also, a model of School-Based Health Station and Dental Health Bus was unveiled during the summit.

European Union to the Philippines Ambassador Guy Ledoux said that in the past 10 years, health was one of the priority areas for the EU’s development cooperation program. 

“We truly appreciate the assistance of the European Union (EU) in helping the DOH achieve this endeavor. The success of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan relies heavily not only with DOH but more importantly on the support and actions of the attached government agencies, non-government organizations, developmental partners and the local government units.” Garin concluded.

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