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Philippines: Strengthening Local Government Support for Health Services


Summary

Since 2006, Jhpiego has been working on the Strengthening Local Governance for Health (HealthGov) Program in the Philippines. HealthGov is a five-year program funded by the U. S. Agency for International Development to strengthen local government unit (LGU) support for public health services and capacity to provide and sustain high-quality services. Jhpiego is collaborating with lead partner RTI International, as well as the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and the Council on Population, Health and Welfare (a Philippine nongovernmental organization) on this initiative. Program goals include: 1) strengthening LGU commitment to and support for public health services; and 2) increasing LGU capacity to provide and manage quality health services sustainably, especially family planning, maternal and child health, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza and other emerging infectious diseases.

Under the HealthGov program, Jhpiego is providing technical assistance to 23 provinces, with a focus on improving service provider performance. Interventions include: • Improving human resource management • Supporting quality assurance in service delivery • Strengthening the health provider training system • Improving the response to specific infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, avian influenza and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

About Jhpiego:

For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.

For more information about Jhpiego, visit www.jhpiego.org.

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