Efficacy, innovation, and accountability are among the qualities expected in the next batch of Champions for Health Governance, the nominations for which are now open.
The biennial awards—held by Kaya Natin!, the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation and Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) in partnership with the Department of Health and Department of Interior and Local Government—recognizes the health initiatives of local government units (LGU) by their adherence to good public health governance, the United Nations' health-related Millennium Development Goals, and the DOH's Kalusugan Pangkahalatan program.
Applications may be downloaded from the CHG site. The deadline fos submissions is March 16, 2015. The organizers will screen all the applicants.
The top 5 LGUs picked will each receive a cash grant of P100,000 and medical equipment and supplies worth P500,000 from the DOH.
"Napansin na malaki pala ang role ng local government. We want to be able to have a voice and to make examples... Merong puwang ang local government sa pagtuloy ng public health," said Kaya Natin! board member Jess Lorenzo at a CHG media event on Tuesday..
"We really want to see people implementing on the ground. We want to see that they actually really are bringing the fruits of their efforts to the citizenry," MSD president Dr. Beaver Tamesis said at the same event.
Past awardee Valenzuela City Health Officer Dr. Jaime Exconde said the prize money they received went into capacity-building and AIDS and HIV information campaigns.
"We were all motivated to perform better and implement more innovative and responsible projects and activities knowing that in doing so, we could also share and spread these good practices to other cities," he said. — BM, GMA News