BAGUIO CITY, July 27 (PIA) - - The Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week 2018 National Conference with the theme, “Research and Innovation for Equity in Health”, is set at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center this August 6 to 9.
Merlita Opena of the PH Council for Health Research and Development, Conference Organizing Committee Chair, bared in a kapihan forum, that by virtue of Proclamation 1309 issued in 2007, every second week of August is declared as PNHRS Week. Part of the annual celebration is the conduct of national conference that serves as a platform for all research stakeholders in the country to work together, work as one in improving health in the Philippines.
PNHRS is a convergence strategy of all research stakeholders in the country including the 17 regional health research consortiums, that aims to improve the health status, productivity and quality of life of Filipinos.
For the national conference, Conference Organizing committee chair and University of the Philippines- Baguio Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos said they focus on the theme putting forward equity in health research and innovation to highlight the need to bring the benefits of health researches across regions and people, sans cultural diversity and ethnicity.
The PNHRS Week activities on Aug. 6-7 will include research presentations (students and professional categories), learning sessions, knowledge product exhibits and poster contest and presentation.
The main conference will be on Aug. 8 and 9 with two “Tongtongan” (Plenary discussion), namely, “Research and Innovation for Equity in Health: Experiences, Issues and Challenges” and “Research Ready: Strengthening Research Programs of Higher Educational and R&D Institutions, Practices and Rewards.”
Cordillera Regional Health Research Consortium chair, DOST Assistant Regional Director Maria Rowena Madarang disclosed that the region has 15 health research priorities that include health service delivery and information system; Indigenous People’s health; DRRM for health and Climate Change Adaptation; health policy research and governance; sexuality and reproductive health; Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health; Human Resources for health; food and nutrition; alternative and traditional medicine; Non communicable diseases; financial risk protection; health organization, industrialization and environment; drug discovery and development; communicable diseases; and health and well being of vulnerable groups. (PIA CAR with Jomar Toledo/ISU Intern)