On February 12, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) held the first Talakayang HeaRT Beat (Health Research and Technology) at the AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

Talakayang HeaRT Beat serves as a venue to promote the Council’s initiatives, programs, advocacy, and partnerships with the media and key stakeholders.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) Director Richard P. Burgos, Orthopedic International Inc. President Engr. Jude Sasing, and Ospital ng Muntinlupa Medical Director Atty. Edwin Dimatactac graced the event.

In his message, Sec. de la Pena recognized the importance of the media in raising the awareness of the public and elevating their understanding of science and technology. He also emphasized the role of social media as a powerful tool in mobilizing the masses to invest heavily in science and technology.

“We use various social media platforms on a daily basis, both professionally and personally, and we can leverage these platforms to talk more about S&T,” Sec. de la Pena said.

One of the highlights of the event was a presentation on Axis Knee System which is a breakthrough technology funded by the Council. The Axis Knee System is a total knee replacement system developed for Asian and Filipino body structure to ensure correct knee alignment.

DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos also delivered a presentation on their latest initiative to disseminate research results called Siyensikat. The initiative is a new television program that will feature DOST programs and technologies which benefits every Filipino. The program will feature several PCHRD-funded technologies such as the Axis Knee System, Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit, e-HATID, and forensic.

Click here to download the program and registration details 

Seven out of 32 researchers were awarded the “Most Ready to Publish Paper” during the 15th National Medical Writing Workshop and 8th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 29-30 January 2019 at Palaccio del Sur, Zamboanga City. The award is given to participants whose papers are organized, well-written, and have the greater potential to get published in peer reviewed journals.

Winners for this batch were from CAR, National Capital Region, Region 5, Region 7, Region 9, as follows: Ms. Vera Cruz of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Ms. Ma. Joanna Carla Z. Garcia of University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Mr. Manuel Yoro of the University of the Philippines Manila, Mr. John Paul A. Tada of the Bicol University, Mr. Johnny J. Yao Jr. of the Velez College, Ms. Dorothy Faye Tan of the Zamboanga City Medical Center, and Mr. Norman Jake C. Mabalot of the Universidad de Zamboanga.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, in partnership with the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), conducts the writing workshop twice every year to help young researchers in health sciences acquire practical knowledge and writing skills in developing scientific articles for publications in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

The second workshop for 2019 will be conducted in Caayan de Oro City on August. For details, you may call Mr. Ed Rol John Manzanilla at tel.no.  (02) 837-7534 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Research Proposals: AHEAD-HPSR Program

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is pleased to announce the first call for research proposals for the Advancing Health through Evidence-Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and Systems Research (AHEAD-HPSR) Program.
Interested institutions, organizations, and researchers are invited to submit a full proposal on any of the topics listed below.

1. Research on Global Trends and Impact of International Bilate ral Cooperation on Healthcare.
2. Capacity Assessment of Health Policy and Systems Research in the Philippines.
3. Strengthening Urban Primary Healthcare Service Delivery Through the Use of E-health Programs in China, Nepal, and the Philippines (The SUPER Study).
4. Estimating Burden of Disease per Province in the Philippines.
5. Financial Reporting Assessment to Ascertain Financial Position of DOH Hospitals.
6. Foodborne Trematode Prevalence Survey.
7. Gender Responsiveness of TB Prevention and Management at the Community Level in Quezon City.
8. Strengthening Evidence Base and Building Capacity on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Development Policies and Projects in the Philippines (Phase 1).
9. Longitudinal Cohort Study on Filipino Boy and Girl.
10. Determining the Implementation Status of Benefits under Magna Carta of Public Health Workers in the Philippines.
11. Mental Health Protocol within the Urban and Rural School Systems.
12. National Health Expenditure Survey.
13. Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA extraction from sputum smear negative/ chest X-ray suspects among participants in the 2016 NTPS.
14. National Survey to Monitor the Impact of the Sin Tax Law.
15. Conduct a Population Based Survey using Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) Methodology to Determine Contraceptive Coverage in 17 Provinces of the Philippines (One Province Per Region).
16. Qualitative Study on the Causes and Effects of Adolescent Pregnancy.
17. Rapid Assessment of Patient Flows in 4 DOH-retained Hospitals in Metro Manila.
18. Health Burden of Road Crash Injuries in the Philippines: Constructing an Index for Road Safety Using Metro Manila Baseline Investigation.
19. Operations Research on the Implementation of the Single Joint Ethics Review Process
20. Health Burden of Road Crash Injuries in the Philippines: The Epidemiology of Cases of Road Crashes and Injuries in Major Tertiary Hospitals in the Philippines (Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao).
21. Health Burden of Road Crash Injuries in the Philippines: Investigating the current road management and road legislations in the Philippines.
22. Pilot Testing of a Scorecard Designed to Assess the Performance of Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Philippines: Identifying Implementation Issues and Potential Solutions.
23. Support to Policy Development for the Tobacco Control Component of the Lifestyle-Related Diseases Prevention Program of the Department of Health.
24. Sweetened Beverage Tax Interim Monitoring
25. Capacity of the DOH to Assist Small and Medium Scale Industry-driven Development of New Medical Products and Technology Research and Development
26.Exploring Philippine Opportunities and Identifying Possible Offers and Requests on Trade in Health Services Towards the Achievement of National Health Objectives
27. A Profile of the Medical Device Sector in the Philippines
28. A study on the selection, procurement practices, pricing and management of medical devices and equipment of selected DOH Centers for Health Development and Government Hospitals
29. Capacity Building on Evidence Synthesis
30. Operations Research and Modelling on the Development of Strategic Roadmap for the Implementation of mHealth Services in the Country
31. Licensing of Service Delivery Networks
32. Regulatory Impact Analysis on Regulating Oncology Health Facilities
33. Operations and Legal Research on the Philippine Medico-Legal Death Investigation System
34. Determining Required Skill Mix to Deliver Primary Health Care Services: Phase 2 (Validation)
35. Operations Research and Modelling on the Development of Strategic Roadmap for the Implementation of Telehealth/Telemedicine in Service Delivery Networks<
36. Operations and Legal Research on the Development of Regulatory Framework for the implementation of Telehealth/Telemedicine Services in the Country

NOTE: This is to inform the public that the topic "Phase I: Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines/Training Component" will no longer be included in this cycle. Please stand-by for further announcements.

Kindly register as a proponent at http://www.projects.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/reg and attach the following requirements on or before February 21, 2019:

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Project Proposal following the PCHRD Detailed Proposal Form
  3. Workplan Schedule (Gantt Chart of Activities)
  4. Proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB)
  5. Informed Consent Form (for studies involving human subjects)
  6. Curriculum Vitae of lead proponent (Principal Investigator/Project Leader)
  7. Duties and Responsibilities of each project personnel
  8. Profile of the institution
  9. Endorsement of agency head

For queries, contact Ms. Gilmari Peach Mallorca at 651-7800 local 1326/1329 or Ms. Clarissa B. Reyes at (02) 837-2071 local 2138
Seven years after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a leprosy free vision, the Philippines successfully eliminated leprosy at the national level. This means the prevalence was reduced to less than one case per 10,000 people. However, recent report by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed pockets of cases in the country account to about 1,500 leprosy cases identified mostly from poor communities each year. In the Western Pacific Region, the Philippines has the highest number of new cases detected. This is an indication that transmission is still ongoing and new strategies are needed to eliminate and interrupt the transmission of the disease.

One of the innovative technology developed to address this challenge is the Leprosy Alert and Response Network System (LEARNS), the country’s first mobile phone-based leprosy teleconsultation system. LEARNS is a product of partnership between the DOH-Novartis Task Force and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). The concept of developing such technology came from the local tech company MetaHelix (“Mobile Teledermatology E-Referral System for Active Case Finding of New Leprosy Case”) whose entry was awarded the best entry in the Innovative Ideas category during the “Best Practices and Innovative Ideas in the Fight against Leprosy Contest” in 2013.

LEARNS is a mobile health (mHealth) tool that enables health care practitioners in remote areas to refer suspected leprosy patients to experts by sending a picture of the skin lesion and patient details through their mobile phone via either SMS or the LEARNS application. LEARNS promotes early case finding and helps reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment. Aside from case finding, LEARNS also provides data for disease surveillance, reaction and treatment outcome monitoring, message broadcasting, patient education, and report generation.

After its successful pilot in Iloilo province in 2014, LEARNS is now being implemented in 29 provinces in 9 regions, with over 6,000 trained healthcare providers. The DOH plans to expand LEARNS in other provinces including Sulu Province in Autonomous Regions for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). LEARNS is now part of the DOH national leprosy management guidelines.

Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae that is transmitted via nasal secretions or droplets during close and frequent contact with an untreated person, but is not highly infectious. According to WHO, the disease multiplies very slowly with an incubation period of about 5 years but symptoms can take as long as 20 years to appear. It may cause progressive and permanent damage to the eyes, limbs, nerves, and skin if left untreated.

As a national coordinating body for health research, the Council is committed into providing assistance to more studies such as this to help realize a healthier community for every Filipino.

For more information on PCHRD Programs, visit http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/programs-and-services