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H.J. ENSENCK RESEARCH
Project Director: Dr. Adrianne John R. Galang
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A STUDY ON THE FINANCING OF LGU-OWNED HOSPITALS
Project Director: Dr. Marites M. Tiongco
Funding Agency: Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

This study provides an overview of the financing flow of local government unit (LGU)-owned hospitals. It quantifies how hospitals in LGUs outside the jurisdiction of the Department of Health (DOH) are financed. Specifically, it determines the size, location, and utilization of hospital services in LGU-owned hospitals; collects data on the sources of funds of LGUs, including subsidies and donations, and its uses in delivering local health services; quantifies revenue sources and expenditures of LGU-owned hospitals, and assess its financial sustainability over the period 2010-2015; defines the current system of financing, budgeting, allocation of resources, and existing governance mechanisms, and operations and management systems of hospitals managed by LGUs; assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of health service delivery in LGU-owned hospitals, including planning, budgeting, procurement of goods and services, hiring and motivation of staff, and management of systems; and provides a baseline for a needs-focused intervention that aids in planning toward improving the performance of health service delivery in LGU hospitals.

Key words: LGU-owned hospitals, sources of funds, expenditures, financial sustainability, resource allocation, health service delivery

 

UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF LACK OF INTEREST AMONG OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH
Project Director: Dr. Maria Caridad H. Tarroja
Funding Agency: The Asia Foundation

The study defines the meaning of “lack of interest” among male and female out-of-school youth. It looks into the different factors that contribute to students’ lack of interest. It likewise explores how the different senior high school specialized subjects or tracks of the newly implemented K to 12 program can impact the dropping out of students.  More specifically, the study determines what the percentage of OSY compared to the student population of two identified schools is; how the different stakeholders define and understand “lack of interest” as a reason for dropping out; what the other factors that contribute to students dropping out of school are, aside from lack of interest; and what the students and parents’ perceptions of the specialized tracks for senior high school students are.

Key words: Out-of-school youth, students’ “lack of interest,” K to 12 program, dropping out, high school subject tracks   

 

PILOT PHASE OF THE BE HE@LTHY, BE MOBILE PROJECT
Project Director: Dr. Maria Caridad H. Tarroja
Funding Agency: World Health Organization (WHO)

This study seeks to lead the development/adaptation and pilot testing of culturally appropriate content (SMS-based text messages) that will be utilized to implement the mCessation intervention in the Philippines, which is part of the “Be He@lthy, Be Mobile” initiative. The output covers the complete range of messages and algorithm within the tobacco portfolio (inclusive of smokeless tobacco and smoked tobacco) and is intended to be simple, clear and easily adaptable to tobacco-related cultural norms and practices in the Philippines.

Key words: tobacco portfolio, tobacco-related cultural norms and practices, culturally appropriate content, SMS-based text messages, pilot testing

 

EFFECT OF DEVOLUTION ON LOCAL HEALTH EXPENDITURE AND DELIVERY OF HEALTH SERVICES
Project Director: Dr. Marites M. Tiongco
Funding Agency: Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

This study provides an understanding of the impact of devolution in the local health expenditure, including the patterns and factors of local health allocation. It determines the trends in local health expenditure over the period 1990-2014 to capture the pre-devolution (1990-1991) and post-devolution (1992-2014); identifies factors that could explain the trend in local health expenditures over the period 1990-2014; determines the relationship between health expenditure and health service delivery outcomes during pre- and post-devolution period; determines the effect of devolution on local government spending on health and on health service delivery outcomes; examines the perception of the effectiveness of devolution by local chief executives on local health expenditure and health service delivery; and identifies policy recommendations for the local government to make local health systems effective and more responsive. The findings specify possible policy recommendations and implications to the current system.

Key words:  local health expenditure, health service delivery, devolution impact, local chief executives, policy recommendations

 

FORMATIVE RESEARCH FOR BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION INTERVENTION
Project Director: Dr. Melvin A. Jabar
Funding Agency: Population Media Center (Vermont, USA)

This study provides empirically-based information on customs, norms, and values of a target sector that will be used in the production of culturally appropriate mass media communication intervention in the Philippines (drama using mass media). It presents an assessment of the habits, lifestyles and norms of the target audience to determine their needs, desires, behaviors and media usage, in order to develop understandable, high-quality, and culturally appropriate characters and storylines; and above all, it reproduces the lifestyles of the target audience. The results served as a basis for reviewing pressing health and social issues and concerns of the sectors in Philippine society in relation to family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and nutrition.  The study also includes an analysis of the different policy instruments available that are aimed at addressing those issues; a media and communication analysis; and a health infrastructure analysis.

Key words: culturally appropriate mass media communication intervention, target audience, lifestyle, family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child health, nutrition

 

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH OF WOMEN WITH DISABILITY IN THE PHILIPPINES: BUILDING EVIDENCE FOR ACTION
Project Director:  Dr. Jesusa M. Marco
Funding Agency:  AusAID/UNFPA

This three-year study involving researchers in Australia and the Philippines addresses the needs of disabled women in gaining access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services. It is being conducted in urban slums and peri-urban locations in Quezon City (Metro Manila), and Ligao City in Albay Province (Bicol Region). These locations have been selected to provide data on the experience of women in diverse settings. The research will include people with disability at all stages. The research design includes capacity development activities to ensure that representatives of Disabled Persons Organizations, local research institutes and service providers have the skills and confidence to be active research partners.

 

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE FOR FOOD SECURITY IN CAMBODIA AND THE PHILIPPINES
Project Director:  Dr. Ma. Elena Chiong-Javier
Funding Agency:  USAID through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University

The project, managed by the Office of International Research, Education and Development (OIRED) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP), seeks to show that conservation agriculture principles (CAPS) and practice of minimal soil disturbance, continuous mulching and diverse species rotations constitute the appropriate “tool box” to create sustainable permanent cropping systems for annual crop production under wet tropical conditions in Cambodia and the Philippines; and that CAPS will reverse soil degradation, increase crop yield and profits and reduce the labor burden on women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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