The Philippines

With over 105 million people, the Philippines is the world’s 12th most populous country. NTDs affect some 52 million Filipinos, mostly those who live in the poorest, least developed areas of the country. The Department of Health (DOH) has responded by organizing large scale, nationwide programs to support the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and schistosomiasis (schisto), and the effective control of soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH).

ENVISION assistance in the Philippines focuses on the technical assistance necessary for the country to successfully implement its NTD program, particularly related to strategic planning and sustainability. In recent years, the Philippines has made considerable progress toward elimination, with more than 30 million people no longer at risk for LF.

In the Philippines, ENVISION has supported the Ministry of Health to

Develop a National Strategic Plan for LF Elimination, to ensure LF does not reemerge as a public health problem and clinical care is available for patients with lymphedema or hydrocele

Produce an LF Pocket-Guide for use by local health workers to better understand the LF program, manage treatment campaigns, and identify patients with chronic disease

Develop a pre-service curricula for future nurses and health workers to ensure NTD diagnosis and treatment are included in national medical education

Support the development of a national plan for an NTD laboratory network that can continue NTD case detection as part of post-elimination surveillance

Strengthen the Philippines M&E system by assessing data collection and reporting levels at all levels of NTD program implementation


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