Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona and U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. today launched 13 projects that will help enhance the overall health of Filipino families under the U.S.-Philippines bilateral health agreement.
The projects, which amount to P7.96 billion, will be implemented over a five-year period and will focus on 48 provinces nationwide, including all provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Ambassador Thomas said, “These new projects, to be implemented by the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will work on an integrated approach to health service delivery and greater public and private sector partnership. They will help improve services in the areas of maternal and child health, family planning, tuberculosis prevention and control, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for most-at-risk populations.”
“We are encouraged by the wide-ranging reforms undertaken by the Philippine Government under President Aquino, and we hope our support will help push the already growing momentum for lasting change in the country, particularly with respect to health outcomes,” Ambassador Thomas added.
“This portfolio is in line with the Philippine Development Plan and the DOH Universal Healthcare Strategy or KalusuganPangkalahatan (KP) and our objective is to help attain health-related Millennium Development Goals through targeted interventions in areas where the poor are most concentrated and unmet needs are highest. We are pleased that USAID is our partner in this initiative,” Health Secretary Ona said.
The U.S. Government, through USAID, expects to contribute to the achievement of the Philippine Government goals to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, reduce unmet need for family planning, reduce TB prevalence, and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
“We are proud of the strong partnership between the DOH and USAID, and look forward to continued collaboration over the coming years as we scale up quality service delivery to improve the health of Filipino families, particularly mothers and children,” USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele said.
The American people, through the United States Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for over 50 years. In the Philippines, USAID works in partnership with the national government in creating a more stable,prosperous and well-governed country through programs that foster sustainable and inclusive growth, strengthen governance and combat corruption, improve access to water, energy, health and education services, increase environmental resilience and natural resource management capabilities. For more information, visithttp://philippines.usaid.gov or contact USAID/Philippines Development Outreach and Communications via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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