The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Health (DOH) are hosting the 1st Philippine eHealth Summit .

With the theme “eHealth– Exploiting ICT for Better Health,” the Summit aims to be a platform for exchange of information and expertise on what had been done and current initiatives on eHealth in the country. It will feature the Philippine eHealth Strategic  Framework  and  Plan to gather stakeholders’ inputs and buy-in.

As part of its program, undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals are invited to join the Poster Exhibit Contest on researches and projects, which use ICT for Health.

For the Poster Exhibit Contest, submission of entries is still ongoing. For more details, please contact Ms. Magda P. Manaig at 837-7534 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
The latest cover of JAFES

The Journal of ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies (JAFES) and the ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry are the latest Philippine biomedical journals to be recognized and indexed by the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM).

Reporting on the latest on journal publishing in the country during the first Philippine Journal Meeting at the Hyatt Hotel Manila last August 28, 2013, Dr. Jose Florencio Lapeña, Jr., President of Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE), said that indexing of both journals in WPRIM’s ensures Philippine research papers to contribute in spreading new knowledge and increase impact of research by making them accessible globally to the scientific community.

Journal articles from JAFES and the ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry are also available at HERDIN.ph, the Philippines’ health research portal.

 
KP Logo by Lorna Ballesteros

The Department of Health (DOH) will host its 14th National Health Research Forum in partnership with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), on October 16-17, 2013 at Diamond Hotel, Manila.

With this year’s theme “Partnership in Evidence”, the annual forum provides an opportunity to track down the progress of Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) and maximize the value of research in policymaking.

About 300 participants from the health sector are expected to be at the forum. For more details, please contact Ms. Juanita Valeza at (02) 651-7800 local 1328 or (02) 781 4362.

 
PNHRS logo with DOH, PCHRD, CHED, UPM

Secretary Mario Montejo (DOST), Secretary Enrique Ona (DOH), Chancellor Manuel Agulto (UP Manila) and Chair Patricia Licuanan (CHED) are set to sign the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the “Philippine National Health Research System Act of 2013” this September.

To fully implement the PNHRS Act of 2013, the IRR lay down the guidelines on institutionalizing the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) including the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) and regional health research system.

Prior to the signing, the IRR went through a series of public consultations with health research stakeholders in Davao, Iloilo, and Manila on June 25, 26, and 28, 2013. Participants came from the academe, medical institutions, government offices, non-government organizations, media, and international organizations. The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and University of the Philippines Manila-National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH), the PNHRS implementing institutions, spearheaded these consultations.

A web-based consultation was also held from July 9 to 11, 2013 to reach the online community and obtain important comments, suggestions, and recommendations on the IRR.

After the series of consultations, implementing agencies consolidated the comments of the stakeholders before the review of the legal officers on the final version of IRR.

A decade ago, a new case of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was reported every three days in the Philippines. Today, new HIV case is diagnosed every one and half hours, according to the Philippine National AIDS Council.  

A total of 449 new cases of HIV were recorded in July alone this year, according to Department of Health (DOH). This is 62% higher compared to the same period last year (n=278 in 2012) and the highest number of cases reported in a month.

As spread of HIV decreased in many parts of the world, the Philippines is one of the seven countries struggling to combat the increase of HIV epidemic wherein most of the reported cases were predominantly caused by sexual contact among men-having-sex-with-men (MSM).

Men’s participation in unsafe sex and drug injections were primary responsible for the transmission of HIV. According to DOH serologic surveillance, MSM were identified as one of the sub-population with the highest risk of acquiring HIV. This was further supported by a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal, identifying young sexually active MSM as core transmitter of HIV epidemic in the country.

The alarming increase of HIV in MSM poses an imminent threat and may impede the efforts of the nation to combat the disease.

As response to the rapidly increasing cases of HIV, legislators passed the “The Revised Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy and Program Act of 2012. The revised law amends the previous law that overlooks the “protection of and promotion of human rights as cornerstones of an effective response to the HIV epidemic.”

According to Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvaña of University of the Philippines Manila, Section of Infectious Diseases, in his article The Philippine HIV/AIDS epidemic: A call to arms, prevention and awareness campaigns remain by far potentially the most effective means of controlling HIV/AIDS in the Philippines.

With the knowledge, awareness, and medication such as retroviral treatment being offered for free in many public hospitals, the country has the capacity to potentially arrest and reverse the epidemic,” Dr. Salvaña stressed.