amfAR and WHO Support Pilot Study Investigating PrEP in the Philippines


Enrollment has started for a pilot project that brings pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the Philippines in an effort to curb the rapid spread of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender individuals. The project, known as PrEPPY (PrEP Pilipinas), will evaluate community-based, peer-driven delivery of PrEP services for MSM and transgender women at high risk for HIV in Manila. The Philippines is among the first countries in Asia introducing PrEP – an HIV prevention drug.

WHO Awards Health Secretary Ubial for Tobacco Control

MANILA, 31 May 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) conferred the prestigious 2017 World No Tobacco Day Award to Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial for her strong tobacco control advocacy in the Philippines. Secretary Ubial is one of six awardees in the Western Pacific Region.

DOH, WHO Launch Cooperation Strategies Toward a Healthy Philippines

DAVAO CITY, 11 MAY 2017 – - Health statistics over the years indicate that more Filipinos live longer now as a result of collaborative efforts of the government, various development partners and stakeholders. Several health sector reforms have been made to expand the breadth and depth of health service delivery and coverage. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been a staunch partner of the Government in developing strategies to improve the health of the people.

Malaria prevention works: Let us close the gap

Today is April 25. It is the date set by the WHO to commemorate malaria work in the world.
The malaria burden of the world has been declining. The rate of new malaria cases in the world fell by 21% between 2010 and 2015. Malaria death rates fell by 29% in the same 5-year period. But we have a massive unfinished agenda. In 2015 alone, the world had an estimated 212 million new cases of malaria. During the same year, malaria claimed the lives of some 429 000 people worldwide. One child died from malaria every 2 minutes.

Highlights from the Country

  • 19 March 2017

    More than one million Filipinos have quit tobacco use

    The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday, March 20 that a number of tobacco control interventions, particularly tobacco taxation has led to a significant drop in current smokers from 17 million (2009) to 15.9 million (2015). The Tobacco Tax Reform Law of 2012 was also called an “anti-cancer tax” that has a significant health outcome and has increased funds available for health.

  • 6 March 2017

    Confronting the Silent Killer: Drowning in the Philippines

    In the Philippines, an average of 3,276 deaths per year from accidental drowning and submersion were recorded in 2006-2013. To address this serious and neglected public health threat, Bloomberg Philanthropies decided to support a drowning prevention project in the country.

  • 31 January 2017

    Working to End TB in the Philippines by 2030

    Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top ten causes of death in the world. In 2015 alone, the Philippines saw 14 000 TB related deaths and approximately 324 000 new TB patients in the same year.

  • 30 January 2017

    Keeping drinking-water safe in the Philippines

    Water safety planning (WSP) is a comprehensive approach introduced in the Philippines to assess and manage the risks of the water supply chain—from the source to consumer.

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  • Health Cluster Philippines

    The United Nations has developed the cluster system to help governments coordinate the foreign assistance offered in humanitarian disasters. In the Philippines, the Department of Health is the lead of the Health Cluster, with WHO as co-lead.

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