PH and UK sign MoU to strengthen partnership in health research

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to promote and facilitate the development of scientific and technological cooperation in health between the Philippines and UK in a virtual ceremonial signing last 5 January 2021.

Under the MOU, DOST-PCHRD, LSHTM and UP Manila will work together on various S&T collaborations focused on research priority areas including genomics, modelling, diagnostics, clinical trials, epidemiology and immunology. The partnership will also encourage the establishment of scientific and technological contacts among relevant organizations, research groups, colleges and universities, and firms in both LSHTM and UPM.

During the virtual ceremonial signing, British Ambassador Daniel Pruce congratulated the PCHRD, UPM and LSHTM for this milestone and recognized the importance of S&T in health in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and its contribution in fighting the ongoing pandemic.  Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of European Affairs Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda likewise commend the undertaking and thanked the British government for being a committed partner in the areas of education and STI.

In attendance to witness the MOU signing were Philippine Ambassador to the UK Ms. Arlene Gonzales – Macaisa, LSHTM Professor Martin Hibberd, UPM Chancellor Dr. Carmencita Padilla, DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Dr. Leah Buendia, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya, and DOST-PCHRD Institutional Development Division (IDD) Chief Ms. Carina Rebulanan.