At simple rites on Monday at Casa Roces across Malacañang Palace, officers of the Kaya Natin Movement, in partnership with Merck, Sharp & Dohme Philippines, the Ateneo School of Government, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Health announced the nationwide search for the so-called Champions for Health Governance awardees.
The organizers said local governments’ community health programs would be judged on criteria such as local leadership, transprency and accountability, effectiveness, innovation, health resource management and community engagement.
They added that the programs would be evaluated “based on how these have worked toward achieving the Millenium Development Goals aimed at reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health and reducing incidences of diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus-acute immunodeficiency syndrome, malaria and tuberculosis.
It was also explained that the programs eligible for entrynto the awards must be running for at least two years to qualify the winning LGUs that will receive cash grants for their programs.
In a statement, MSD Philippines said public and private initiatives such as the Champions for Health Governance Awards are the “key to ensuring that our public health system will be prepared to face future challenges.”
“The local chief executives working with their local health boards have such a critical role to play in improving the health and well-being of the people in the community,” said Karen Villanueve, MSD Philippines external affairs director.
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