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Marawi Crisis: Insights from WHO Philippines Humanitarian Workers

When conflict erupted between the Philippine government and a local non-state group in Marawi City on May 2017, the World Health Organization provided immediate support to the Department of Health in the affected regions in Mindanao. WHO staff members flew to Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur to help coordinate and provide technical assistance in the region.

Unang Yakap: Encouraging Breastfeeding from the Start

Quezon City – Saerrah Salazar, 34, first learned about Unang Yakap in 2016 from her obstetrician, Dr Teresita “Tetchie” Cadiz Brion. Saerrah was then pregnant with her second child, Khayri.

Surviving Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer: Vhal’s Story

Hepatitis B has had a huge impact in the life of Baltazar Lucas, 34. Known as Vhal to his family and friends, he learned he had chronic hepatitis B nine years ago. Vhal was diagnosed with hepatitis B after undergoing screening with his parents and three brothers, Aris, Joey, and Tonton. They were advised to do so in in 2008 after Tonton, his youngest brother, fell ill from tuberculosis and liver cirrhosis.

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 Representative in the Philippines

Contact Details

WHO Philippines
Ground Floor, Building 3
Department of Health Compound
Sta Cruz, 1003 Manila
Tel: (632) 5289762
(632) 3106370
DOH Line: (632) 6517800 loc 1345
Fax: (632) 3106550

Highlights from WHO Laos

  • DOH, WHO Launch Cooperation Strategies Toward a Healthy Philippines
    9 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.
  • Malaria prevention works: Let us close the gap
    24 April 2017 - 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.
  • More than one million Filipinos have quit tobacco use
    19 March 2017 - 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.
  • Confronting the Silent Killer: Drowning in the Philippines
    6 March 2017 - 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.
  • 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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