August Month Celebrations
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Family Planning Month
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By: Coleen Labitad
The Family Planning (FP) Program is one of the vital health programs of the Department of Health (DOH). It emphasizes the health and well-being of future mothers through proper awareness and use of different family planning methods. Family Planning decreases maternal deaths and infant deaths; decreases teenage pregnancies; avoids induced abortion cases; and reduces poverty alleviation of unwanted big families.
Despite of the many benefits of Family Flaming,many Filipinos are still hesitant to try different modern FP methods due to misconceptions and myths like its side effects (i.e. abortion, effects in sexual performance, work productivity, and possible illnesses). To address this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released advisory No. 2017-302 last November 2017. It contains the list of 51 contraceptive products which are found non—abortifacient or does not cause abortion. However, this advisory is not properly disseminated to the public and continue to believe such misconceptions. It is important that these issues are properly addressed through intensified campaign and health education of FP‘s safety and effectiveness.
Relative to this, the DOH highlights this year's theme: "Pamilyang Planado, Panalo! #FamilyPlanningTryMo". It aims to promote the use of modern FP methods to achieve the
desired number of children that couples can afford to raise. These methods help space pregnancies for at least three years to give mothers ample time to recover from the physical
and psychological stresses of pregnancy.
Talakayan Part III
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The “Talakayan” or otherwise known as the “Regional Learning Forum” was initiated by the Department of Health Regional Office XIII (DOH RO XIII) in partnership with the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI) last June 4, 2018 at Las Nieves Function Hall, Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. Indeed, the regional learning forum was considered to be well attended because it was graced by the following eminent guests:
Dr. Irma L. Asuncion, MHA, CESO III,
Dr. Myra Guzon- Biton
Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr.,MD, MPH, CESO III,
Dr. Angelie Comia, & Dr. Jaqueline Frances Momville.
Representatives from the 24 municipalities headed by the Mayors and the Municipal Health Officers and their staff, Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. , PhilHealth, DILG, POPCOM and other stakeholders.
It was a very important activity because it showcased the best practices of 25 municipalities from the Provinces of Agusan del Norte & Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte & Surigao del Sur as a result of the leadership journey of the Mayors & the Municipal Health Officers with the Development Management Officers (DMO) as their coaches. The stories shared can be concluded as the epitome of what bridging leadership is all about.
“Talakayan” is a conversation to draw-out lessons and stories from the health leaders which brought order and meaning to reduce, if not to totally eliminate disorder in the health system with Professor Hadji Balahadia, a faculty of Davao Medical School Foudation, Inc.
The summit featured the awarding of plaques & certificates to the municipalities and individuals using the following criteria:
1.No maternal deaths for 2 years (CY 2014 & CY 2015)
2.Green colored leadership and governance block (during and after colloquium)
3.Bridging Leadership Competencies
4.Improve health outcomes (IMR, FBD, SBA, FIC, CPR)
5. Documented Best Practices
The summit ended with the signing of the Pledge of Commitment to the Philippine Health Agenda led by Dr. Irma L. Asuncion and Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr.
Region Wide HIV Forum
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By : Romelyn Torralba
DOH ROXIII together with the LGUs, line agencies and other stakeholders carries out last June 21, 2018, the first ever Region Wide HIV Forum with the goal to present local updates on HIV, program strategies and elicit support and commitment from local chief executives especially in the adoption and creation of a Local AIDS Council.
Per RA 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act, the national and local government's role is to establish HIV and AIDS prevention activities. The law has three targets: Information and Education Program, Comprehensive monitoring system and Strengthening of the Philippine National AIDS Council or PNAC.
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