Program on
Health Systems Development (PHSD)

  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    PHSD Convenor Dr. Antonio Dans, in coordination with the UP CIDS Decolonial Studies Program and UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, gave a lecture on how COVID-19 can be transmitted. He shared important guidelines to follow to avoid contracting and tips to avoid spreading COVID-19 to one’s household and community. Emphasis was placed on the basic rule “APAT DAPAT” which are the following: (1) proper air circulation; (2) physical distancing; (3) always wearing masks and face shields; and (4) 30 minutes of interaction or less. The webinar was attended by the UP CIDS personnel and program staff.
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    PHSD Convenor Dr. Antonio Dans discussed the proper sanitation guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19. He emphasized the need to follow “APAT DAPAT,” air circulation and ventilation, physical distancing and avoid crowding, always use face mask and time of interaction should be less as much as possible.
  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    PHSD Convenor Dr. Antonio Dans discussed the proper sanitation guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19. He emphasized the need to follow “APAT DAPAT,” air circulation and ventilation, physical distancing and avoid crowding, always use face mask and time of interaction should be less as much as possible.
  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    The strategy-calibration series was facilitated by Dr. Lei Camiling Alfonso. She discussed why PHSD needs to calibrate; the previous year was hard for everyone and many planned events were postponed. Thus, for PPCS, the Program’s goals may be outdated or ineffective. The activity was held to help the Program organize its PPCS plans and goals for the coming year. PHSD discussed its intended impact for PPCS and the necessary actions to support such. Assessment of the Program’s objectives and action planning were also done so that at the end of the day all that is done in this project is for the good of all Filipinos.
  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    In “Reexamining Health Systems Towards a New Normal,” a virtual forum hosted by both the Department of Science and Technology and PhilHealth (DOST–PHIC), Dr. Antonio Dans discussed transforming primary healthcare and identifying the imperative steps for addressing inequities in health care access.
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    A picture from the bi-weekly learning series “UpToDate Club” with healthcare workers from Samal.
  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    A picture from the bi-weekly learning series “UpToDate Club” with healthcare workers from Samal.
  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    Photo op with Samal doctors and PPCS staff
  • Source/Credit: Josephine T. Sanchez
    Year 2 results of PPCS were presented to the governing council of the Philippine Council of Health Research & Development (PCHRD). Dr. Antonio Dans highlighted the importance of connecting all the barangays to be able to access health care. He cited as an example the utilization of consults in Samal, Bataan, which tripled since PPCS started. Even when the pandemic hit, they were able to recover because they have an internet connection. Because of connectivity, we were able to set up telemedicine within 4–8 weeks, which has proven useful during the pandemic. Year 3 plans were also presented for approval of the funding.

    Antonio Miguel L. Dans, MD

    Professor
    College of Medicine
    University of the Philippines Manila
    Convenor

    Jose Rafael A. Marfori, MD

    Associate Professor
    College of Medicine
    University of the Philippines Manila
    Co-convenor

    Contact:   phsd.cids@up.edu.ph

    The Program on Health Systems Development (PHSD) investigates problems of and innovates solutions for health systems and hopes to bridge some of the persistent divides that have hampered health systems in the Philippines. These include, among others, barriers between public health and clinical-surgical medicine; among levels and types of health professionals; among the differing perspectives and sometimes opposing interests of patients, health professionals, health policymakers, and other stakeholders; and between the public and private sector.

    Although this mission inevitably applies scientific rigor to the parts of health systems, the goal is to improve the whole in terms of overall performance and outcomes.

    Adopting a systems-thinking perspective, PHSD facilitates and promotes dialogue between medical and non-medical fields to produce insights, methods, networks, and opportunities related to the improvement of the health of individuals and populations and the development of the Philippine health landscape.

    Philippine Primary Care Studies

    The flagship project of the Program is Philippine Primary Care Studies (PPCS). The PPCS is a series of quasi-experimental pilot studies in representative settings in the Philippines: corporate, rural, and geographically isolated disadvantaged areas (GIDAs). 

    PHSD will also conduct studies, surveys, and data mining on health systems enhancements and outcome measures such as patient satisfaction, knowledge and quality of primary care, financial risk protection, and administrative efficiency.

    The PPCS evaluates the shift toward comprehensive universal social health insurance-funded primary care system across eight main outcome areas:

    • Utilization of benefits;
    • Patient satisfaction;
    • Health care provider satisfaction;
    • Health care worker knowledge;
    • Quality of care;
    • Health outcomes;
    • Financial risk protection; and
    • Administration and governance.

    The studies also focus on six workstreams in strengthening primary care:

    • Workforce development;
    • Public–private partnerships;
    • Financing;
    • Community engagement;
    • Health information systems; and
    • Monitoring and evaluation.

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