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News and Features

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ARMM health gets support from government heads, US  “The keys to ARMM’s progress are good governance, strong and honest leadership, transparency and accountability, and an ability to love its history,” Vice President Leni Robredo said in a colloquium of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) health leaders. Read the Full Story
Leadership program to improve nutrition of poor mothers and children Two fourth-class geographically isolated and disadvantaged municipalities are the pilot areas for a nutrition project to reduce prevalence of low birthweight, stunting, wasting, underweight children and underweight expectant mothers. Gamay, Northern Samar and Looc, Romblon are sites of the Zuellig Family Foundation’s (ZFF) three-year project supported by Switzerland-based Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation, which provided $300,000, or over P14 million worth of grants. Read the Full Story
Improving the right things More can still be done even for things done well. In terms of performance in health, particularly the maternal mortality ratio, the Ilocos Region has been doing well. But for Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Myrna Cabotaje, there is still room for improvements on the things they are doing right. Read the Full Story
ZFF/DOH: Model PPP Philippine Star, Roberto R. Romulo -   The Zuellig Family Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Health, just held the First National Colloquium of the Health Leadership and Governance Program or HLGP. My personal journey with HLGP started in 2008 when I was appointed chairman of ZFF and, in turn, I appointed Ernesto Garilao as its president. Read the Full Story
Pangasinan Eyes 'High-Hanging Fruits' in Health “(Aim) for the high-hanging fruits in health. They taste better because of the effort and impact.” This was the challenge of Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, Department of Health (DOH) Region 1 director, to the finishers of the “Provincial Health Leadership and Governance Program” (PLGP). Read the Full Story
Temporary shelter for a mother’s safety
When you are a poor pregnant woman living in a far-flung area and about to give birth, there is a risk you do not reach the clinic on time.
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ZFF aligned its goal to the country's Millennium Development Goals. This is to objectively assess health improvements (or lack of) in its partner-municipalities. Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is given close attention in the monitoring because, as Health Secretary Enrique Ona puts it, "MMR serves as a sentinel information which can be a good gauge of the state of the entire health system."
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