In the Philippines where there is poverty and poor access to treatment facilities due to challenges on geographical location, availability of local, affordable, and precise diagnostics tool is key to uplift the quality of healthcare.
That’s why the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD) continues to seek solutions that will help in the early detection of diseases using novel technologies.
In the 4th Talakayang HeaRT Beat held on Luxent Hotel, Quezon City on 21 May 2019, Dr. Jaime Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director, represented by Supervising Senior Research Specialist, Ms. Elizabeth Cajigas, introduced some of the researches the Council supported under its Diagnostic Program.
The Council’s Diagnostic Program has played a crucial role in evaluating researches that will address 13 priority diseases such as HIV AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Metabolic Diseases, among others. The program also covers three specific topics namely point-of-care, screening, confirmatory, and prognostic, and technologies utilizing nucleic acid testing, latex agglutination, lab-on-a-chip, etc.
In past four years, the DOST-PCHRD has a total of 32.2 million pesos investment for this R and D area alone. Other than research grants, the Council also supported capacity building and training, and fostered collaboration and linkages to create a significant and well-equipped research base.
Aside from the success of the Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit, a rapid diagnostic kit to confirm dengue infection, in the market; the DOST-PCHRD is confident that in the next two to three years its other supported projects underway will be used by the Filipinos. These projects include a near point-of-care diagnostic kit or platform for rapid detection of HIV resistance to Lamivudine and other retrovirals.
“Talakayang HeaRT Beat,” is a series of press conferences held by DOST-PCHRD to promote awareness in the science and technology programs and projects. Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvana, Mr. Angelo dela Tonga, and Dr. Raul Destura of the University of the Philippines Manila participated the press conference.
- Written by Ana Ciaren Itulid
- Published: 22 May 2019