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25 Municipalities Complete Leaders for Health Program

    Twenty five municipalities from 13 provinces in seven regions all over the country recently graduated from the Leaders for Health Program (LHP). The communities were represented by their mayors, municipal health officers and community leaders.

The mayors, municipal health officers and community leaders of the Leaders for Health Program Batch 2.

    LHP began in these communities in September 2004 with the expressed goal of enhancing the capabilities of local leaders in managing their health systems. At the time of their graduation, all the towns have participated in capacity building efforts namely the academic degree for doctors and certificate courses for mayors and community leaders; tri-leaders’ strategic planning workshops; technical assistance for the rural health units, LGU department heads and community organizations; and, the leadership formation activities.

Dr. Manuel M. Dayrit, former Secretary of Health and now Director for human Resources at the WHO in Geneva.

As a result of these interventions, all the towns have developed a Municipal Strategic Health Agenda that has served as basis for their development initiatives. From all these efforts, many of the LHP towns have improved their water system and sanitation facilities. The access to health services and the quality in the delivery of care have also dramatically improved leading to decreases in deaths and sickness from common illnesses, especially among infants and mothers. Financing of the health system has also been diversified through the utilization of the funds from PhilHealth and the accessing of grant support from developmental partners like the Philippine-Australian Community Assistance Program and the Peace and Equity Foundation.

(Left to Right) Dr. Alfredo Bengzon, Ambassador Peter Beckingham and Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J.

Dr. Manuel M. Dayrit, former Secretary of Health and now Director of Human Resources at the World Health Organization in Geneva has referred to LHP as a notable model for developing local health systems, worthy of up-scaling not just in the Philippines, but in other countries as well.
In addition to Dr. Dayrit, the LHP National Graduation Ceremony held last 06 August at the Leong Hall was also graced by Ambassador Peter Beckingham of Great Britain, Undersecretary Mario Villaverde of DOH and University officials led by Rev. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J. and Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon
LHP is a collaborative undertaking of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Department of Health. LHP is housed within the Health Unit of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.


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