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LOCAL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM (LPP) MULTI-INDICATOR CLUSTER SURVEY IN PASIG CITY
Project Director:          Cristina A. Rodriguez
Funding Agency:        City of Pasig

The study sought to: a) generate, through a cluster survey, more accurate and up-to-date information to be used by local government units in monitoring and evaluating programs in family planning, immunization (including tetanus toxoid), and Vitamin A supplement distribution; b) plan interventions and action points to address gaps and problems that will be identified; and c) develop managerial skills in overseeing research activities in collaboration with academic/research institutions in the planning, implementing, and monitoring of health programs.

Key words: local government units, family planning, immunization, Vitamin A supplement, health research

 

POLICY FORMULATION ON STREET CHILDREN: ISSUES AND CONCERNS
Project Director:          Exaltacion E. Lamberte
Funding Agency:        National Project on Street Children

The project facilitated and provided technical support for activities of the National Program on Street Children through the development and maintenance of a database and resource center on street children.  The project also conducted training on research among street educators, social workers, and other service providers in 10 major Philippine cities.

Key words: National Program on Street Children, database and resource centers, street educators, social workers, service providers

 

LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND URBAN POOR CONCERNS:
FOCUS ON MUNTINLUPA CITY AND DASMARIÑAS, CAVITE

Project Directors:        Jesusa M. Marco and Ronald D. Holmes
Funding Agency:        Institute of Church and Social Issues, Ateneo de Manila

The project assessed the planning and implementation of housing programs for the urban poor in Muntinlupa City and Dasmariñas, Cavite. The focus was on the role of local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of housing programs, and the extent of operationalization of the Urban Development Housing Act, the National Shelter Program, the Social Reform Agenda, and other housing programs.

Muntinlupa and Dasmariñas were selected after ascertaining the number of urban poor communities in need of housing interventions, and after a series of consultations with non-government organizations (which form part of the Urban Research Consortium) regarding LGU-initiated housing solutions for the urban poor.

Key words: housing programs for the urban poor, local government units, non-government organizations, Muntinlupa City, Dasmariñas, Cavite

 

SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE HEALTH SOCIAL SCIENCE TRAINING AND A TASK FORCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCE AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Project Director:          Pilar Ramos-Jimenez
Funding Agency:        The Ford Foundation

The Task Force, with a comprehensive conceptualization of reproductive health work in the country, aimed to improve the health of men and women in the Philippines by forging better linkages among its members and their respective institutions as well as with other groups engaged in reproductive health concerns.  Complementing the Task Force’s advocacy work has been the Graduate Training Program on Health Social Science, which has aimed to train professionals to have a holistic understanding of health and social research and program design.

Key words: health social science, graduate training program, reproductive health

 

HEALTH SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM
Project Director:          Pilar Ramos-Jimenez
Funding Agency:        The Ford Foundation

Health Social Science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates the theories and methods of the social sciences in understanding human health and in responding to peoples’ health needs and well being.  In 1993, DLSU received a grant from the Ford Foundation, enabling it to implement the only health social science curriculum in the country.  The program admitted those with a bachelor’s degree (or with a higher degree) in the social sciences, natural sciences, or health-related fields who needed specialized skills in the social sciences aspects of research, program design and management, and evaluation, as applied to community and culture-based health issues. It was first designed as an integrated two-level degree composed of a one-year Diploma program and a two-year Masters program. After a review of the courses by the faculty, the Masters program was reduced to one year during school year 1998-1999.

Key words: health social science, community and culture-based health issues, research, program design and management, program evaluation

 

STROKE AND OLDER PERSONS: COPING AND CARING AMONG ELDERLY STROKE SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Project Director:          Rene D. Somera
Funding Agency:        The Department of Health

A component of the Aging Studies Program of SDRC, the project was an integrative and holistic inquiry into the vulnerable Filipino elderly who have experienced stroke (including their ways of coping); the needs, problems, and concerns of family caregivers; and the issues and prospects attendant to family caregiving and community-based rehabilitation for elderly stroke survivors.  The results could be used to improve the quality of support and the range of resources that could be provided to elderly stroke survivors and their families.

Key words: Filipino elderly, stroke survivors, family caregiving, community-based rehabilitation, ways of coping

 

STD AND HIV/AIDS CLEARINGHOUSE AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Project Directors:        Romeo B. Lee and Julius O. Dasmariñas
Funding Agency:        United States Agency for International Development through PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) Foundation Philippines, Inc.

This program was mandated to assist the Department of Health (DOH), the Program for Appropriate Technology for Health (PATH), and the Philippines’ AIDS Surveillances and Education Project (ASEP) to disseminate, implement, and evaluate priority information, education, and communication activities for the prevention of STD/AIDS in the country. The Program managed and disseminated information on STDs and HIV/AIDS, and provided technical assistance to government and non-government organizations engaged in prevention work with and for at-risk groups, such as adolescents, sex workers, and men who have sex with men (MSM). Initially, the Center served those organizations supported by PATH in eight cities across the country.

Key words: STDs and HIV/AIDS, information management and dissemination, at-risk groups, government and non-government organizations

 

TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR HEALTH RESEARCH METHODS
Project Director:          Trinidad S. Osteria
Funding Agency:        Department of Health

SDRC conducted a series of training programs on basic research for the Department of Health research coordinators.  Course content included objective formulation, literature review, framework development, survey methods, qualitative research, data analysis, and report writing.  The participants were asked to develop a research proposal related to their specific tasks and to present it in a forum.  The training sessions were held at DLSU for four separate batches of participants.

Key words: training programs, basic research methods, health research

 

DEVELOPMENT OF A CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE COMMUNITY-BASED REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH STRATEGY IN SELECTED LOCAL AREAS
IN BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES

Project Director:          Trinidad S. Osteria
Funding Agency:        Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning, Inc.

The ultimate goal of the project was to evolve sustainable community-based reproductive health/family planning strategies that focus on quality of care in selected communities in Batangas. Specifically, the project seeks to elicit perceptions and expectations regarding reproductive health services from the key actors—local government leaders, rural health staff and NGOs; identify community-based resources, including networks and organizations existing in the community, and examine the prospect of their involvement in the provision of quality reproductive health services; and identify quality reproductive health services required at the different stages of the life cycle of the individual (adolescence, reproductive period, and pre-menopausal phases).

The catchment areas for the study were the selected barangays of the municipalities of Balayan and Malvar served by the Rural Health Units and Barangay Health Stations in each municipality.  A sample of households to cover the population in the reproductive ages was drawn for the survey.  Key informant interviews and focus group discussions were undertaken with reproductive health service providers (traditional, public, and private), community, non-government organizations, and local leaders. For comparison, the men and women in two older municipalities will be interviewed.

The results of the project were tabulated and integrated to arrive at a specific blueprint or recommendation for a sustainable, participatory, and quality reproductive health program for both men and women at the different stages of the life cycle. Specific program inputs were delineated, including methodologies for implementation with the involvement of relevant agencies—local governments, non-government organizations, and the health sector.

The project was part of a multi-country study involving Nepal, Bangladesh, and Laos.

Key words: reproductive health, family planning, community-based strategies, quality of care, Batangas

 

WORKSHOP FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE SOUTH-EAST ASIAN SOCIAL POLICY NETWORK (HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM)
Project Director:          Trinidad S. Osteria
Funding Agency:        International Development Research Centre

This workshop was intended to develop a common research proposal to address issues on decentralization.  The key proponents from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam agreed to develop a partnership approach consisting of individuals from the academe and local governments. The workshop covered needs assessment; development of information media, training modules, and implementation manuals; field-testing of guidelines and operational manuals to determine feasibility, viability, and effectiveness; and dissemination of results to the stakeholders.  Members of the Social Policy Network participated in the workshop.

Key words: decentralization, Southeast Asia, social policy, academe, local governments, stakeholders


 

 

 

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