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Regional group to grant funding to local research on health

The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) in a recent visit to Samar State University in Borongan, Eastern Samar (ESSU). (Photo courtesy of EVHRDC.

BORONGAN City—May 19, 2018—A health consortium in region 8 is granting funds for research relevant to health.

During an institutional visit at the Eastern Samar State University, Willard Riveral, chairman of the Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium said that they are now accepting applications for research funding.

Riveral said that anybody who is an employee or a member of an institution is qualified for a grant.

Research topics must be included in the regional unified health research agenda, which was formulated last year after consultations with health stakeholders.

Included in the research priority list are health services delivery, communicable diseases, maternal and child health, health technology development, health care funding, health governance and health knowledge management.

Other priorities are environmental health, lifestyle diseases, DRR management and climate change adaptation, reproductive health and family planning, nutrition, mental health, traditional and alternative health medicine, health infrastructure, health promotion, health regulation, drug and substance abuse, gender and development, geriatrics and disability.

EVHRDC is a consortium of more than 30 research oriented institutions in Eastern Visayas. It is the structure through which the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development implements their programs, and promotes health research in the region. The consortium hopes to “lead in the generation, utilization of knowledge and innovation of technology products and services in promoting optimal health and improving the quality of life in the region”.

The consortium is encouraging doctors, nurses and health workers in the local governments to submit their proposals since they are rich in data, being at the frontline in health service implementation. Mr. Riveral said that in the past, most research proposals came from the academe.

The consortium said they can grant research funds up to P2M. (Eden Cidro/Este News)

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