“It is important to come up with updated and accurate data on the real number of mothers who died due to inadequate pre- and post- natal to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, improving maternal health,” stressed Health Secretary Enrique Ona during the press conference of the 162 to 52 Health Summit last April 20, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Dr. Maribel G. Nonato, Professor at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) discussed status of natural products R&D in the academe during the second round table discussion on Philippine Herbal Industry Standards and Regulatory Settings.

“Research on herbal medicine is not performed across the country. Mostly researches are concentrated in NCR,” reported Dr. Maribel G. Nonato, Professor at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) during the second roundtable discussion on Philippine Herbal Industry-Standards and Regulatory Settings last March 19, 2012 at the Traders Hotel, Pasay City.

According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), only 57 private universities and 38 state universities and colleges (SUCs) nationwide are shortlisted as Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs)due to their demonstrated level of high standard along the areas of instruction,

“No woman should die giving life. And no child should be robbed of life because of his or her mother’s death,” said Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Mr. Daniel Zuellig, Zuellig Family Foundation Board of Trustee welcomes all the stakeholders and guests during the 162 to 52 Health Summit.

Last April 20, 2012, the 162 to 52 Health Summit themed, “Accelerating Impact on Maternal and Child Health through Local Health System Development,” gathered various stakeholders from government, academe, profit and non-profit sectors to boost multi-sectoral efforts in addressing maternal and health challenges of the country.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) recorded 162 maternal deaths out of 100,000 live births in 2010. It is estimated that 11 mothers die every day due to childbirth and pregnancy-related complications. “Maternal deaths impact infant and child mortality rates because 

The Philippines currently carries the 9th largest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world. 2010 data showed that approximately 390,000 Filipinos have TB, and 75 people die daily from this curable disease.