MANILA, Philippines -- Applications are now open for the “Champions of Health Governance Awards,” which recognizes local government units with outstanding public health programs.
The awards are sponsored by Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, global pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme, and the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Health.
The nationwide search is open to all LGUs in the municipal and city level whose health initiatives will be evaluated based on overall effectivity, innovativeness, community engagement, local leadership, transparency, and accountability, a release from the organizers said.
Programs will also be judged according to their adherence to the United Nations’ health-related Millennium Development Goals and DOH’s Kalusugan Pangkalahatan.
The MDGs are: reducing child mortality rates; improving maternal health; and reducing incidences of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Kalusugan Pangkalahatan, on the other hand, aims to achieve universal health care for all Filipinos, modernize health care and the health workforce.
The top 5 LGUs will undergo a comprehensive screening process with each receiving a cash grant to fund their best health programs and continue their outstanding initiatives in health.
Noting that, “developments in community health are sparked by partnerships from both the private sector and the local leadership level,” the organizers said the Champions for Health Governance Awards 2015 hope to encourage “others to embrace the commitment towards better health.”
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