Population:

107.7 million

Area:

115,831 square miles

Capital City:

Manila
An estimated 11 Filipinos die each day as a result of pregnancy or childbirth.

With a population of ninety million, spread over more than seven thousand islands, the Philippines needs to develop a health system that functions well across many geographic regions and diverse cultures. The devolution of the health system has caused healthcare management to be increasingly knowledge intensive and fragmented across the 1,600 autonomous municipalities and cities of the country.

Kalusugang Pangkalahatan, the Aquino Health Agenda for Universal Healthcare, is the national government initiative to provide healthcare for all Filipinos by 2015. ACCESS Health Philippines helps to close gaps in access to affordable and high quality healthcare in the country by creating linkages between local and international experts on health systems strengthening and by incubating health enterprises that will provide high quality and scalable services in the health market. We emphasize cultivating innovations through collaborations with industry, academia, and government. ACCESS Health Philippines works through a partnership approach, co-creating value with well established local and international partners.

Health Financing

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ACCESS Health Philippines connects national policymakers, local governments, and healthcare providers to assist in providing universal health coverage.

The Philippine national government sponsors health insurance for those with low income through the National Health Insurance Program. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, PhilHealth, is a government owned corporation attached to the Department of Health that manages the National Health Insurance Program. The mandate of PhilHealth is to provide health insurance coverage to all Filipinos. Since inception, PhilHealth has continued to expand benefit packages to cover catastrophic health expenses and underserved populations. PhilHealth now works with both public and private providers to deliver key healthcare services. ACCESS Health Philippines works closely with PhilHealth to assist with the design of new programs, especially those directed to improve maternal child health and primary care. ACCESS Health also plans to support the implementation of national health programs in local government settings.

One of the main responsibilities of ACCESS Health in health financing in the Philippines is to facilitate interaction between policymakers and practitioners managing health financing reforms in the Philippines with those in other countries. ACCESS Health does this through the Joint Learning Network.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

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Maternal and Child Health

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ACCESS Health Philippines partners with the public and private sectors and local organizations to pilot and expand innovative initiatives in maternal and child health. Our projects support the efforts of the Philippine government to address challenges in access to healthcare services. The Philippines has struggled to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. The unique geography of the Philippines makes it particularly difficult for people to access needed care. The government uses frontline health workers and local health centers as a primary strategy to bring healthcare to isolated and low income communities. ACCESS Health Philippines strengthens the capacity of community health workers and local health centers to deliver high quality care to mothers and children.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Stop TB Now Project

    Stop TB Now Project

    The Stop TB Now Project strengthens the national effort of the Philippine government to combat tuberculosis. The project enhances local capacity to prevent, screen, treat, and track tuberculosis in children from low income areas.

  • The e-AKaP Project

    The e-AKaP Project

    The e-AKaP Project trains and equips frontline community health workers in the Philippines with tablets and a mobile application. The project helps workers to monitor and communicate important information to expectant mothers and families. e-AKaP is a Tagalog acronym that stands for “e-Action for Universal Health.”

  • The 162to52 Coalition

    The 162to52 Coalition

    The 162to52 Coalition is an alliance of partners from several sectors that have come together to support the development of public private partnerships to improve maternal and child health. The partnerships strengthen local health systems in areas with limited resources and poor maternal and child health indicators.

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Healthcare Technology

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Health technology is revolutionizing the way healthcare is perceived and practiced in the Philippines. The country has one of the highest mobile phone usage rates in the world, and mobile use has significantly increased in rural areas. Because of its unique geography and robust technology sector, the Philippines should be able to lead the way in information and communications technology for health. ACCESS Health Philippines helps scale promising health technology pilot projects that bridge barriers to achieving universal health coverage, such as geographic fragmentation and lack of reliable health information.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

  • Pinoy Health Innovations Project

    Pinoy Health Innovations Project

    ACCESS Health established the Pinoy Health Innovations Project in the Philippines. The project brings together healthcare providers, customers, and technology experts to explore some of the most pressing challenges in healthcare in the Philippines and to develop innovative technology solutions.

  • The e-AKaP Project

    The e-AKaP Project

    The e-AKaP Project trains and equips frontline community health workers in the Philippines with tablets and a mobile application. The project helps workers to monitor and communicate important information to expectant mothers and families. e-AKaP is a Tagalog acronym that stands for “e-Action for Universal Health.”

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Drug Procurement and Distribution

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ACCESS Health Philippines works with local partners to support better implementation of the national drug policy. The Philippine government developed a national drug policy to address the poor supply and distribution of high quality essential medicines. Many essential medicines face shortages and uneven distribution. High cost also makes drugs inaccessible. The national drug policy has had some successes, but the government still struggles to procure and distribute drugs to the lowest income and most vulnerable sectors of society. ACCESS Health Philippines helps to secure supplies of drugs needed to treat tuberculosis in children. We increase access to these supplies in low income settings. We also improve treatment protocols.

  • Stop TB Now Project

    Stop TB Now Project

    The Stop TB Now Project strengthens the national effort of the Philippine government to combat tuberculosis. The project enhances local capacity to prevent, screen, treat, and track tuberculosis in children from low income areas.

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Dispatches from Turkey: An Award for Innovation

This September, I was honored to travel to Istanbul, Turkey, to receive an award on behalf of ACCESS Health Philippines and the e-AKaP Project (e-Action for Universal Healthcare Coverage) for “Innovation on Access Provision.” The award was given by the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) Asia during the 9th Internet Governance Forum.

Innovations for Health at Social Innovation Summit

ACCESS Health International participated in the Social Innovation Camp Asia Regional Summit in Singapore, from November 28 to December 1. Five out of the thirteen best social innovations focused on improving healthcare delivery.

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