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Priorities and milestones – The Philippines


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Presentation by Erwin Conrad D. Abueva, Country Programme Coordinator, The Philippines, during the countries sharing meeting, London, December 2009

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Priorities and milestones – The Philippines

  1. 1. Erwin Conrad D. Abueva Country Programme Coordinator Priorities and Milestones – The Philippines MeTA 26/01/10
  2. 2. Situation analysis 26/01/10 MeTA SUCCESSES CHALLENGES <ul><li>E stablished a multi-stakeholder collaboration in 2007 with aim to improve access to essential medicines through transparency and accountability. </li></ul><ul><li>Two annual fora held with participation of stakeholders (2008 & 2009) and planning the third one for 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping the flame alive! </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening the network further and breaking barriers for better cooperation and access to critical inputs </li></ul><ul><li>Established MeTA Council in 2007 to oversee the MeTA pilot phase and set-up mechanisms and structures for its operations (administrative, technical, financial) </li></ul><ul><li>Financials accounted for </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent participation in meetings of council members, </li></ul><ul><li>expanding the interest and participation by other stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining financial operations under strict standards of accounting principles. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a fully functional website </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing hits and continuously upgrading website in terms of design, efficiency and content. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Situation analysis (cont’d) 26/01/10 MeTA SUCCESSES CHALLENGES <ul><li>Completing the Data Disclosure Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive use of Data Disclosure Survey as an evidence base to guide policy and decision making to help government set up accountable and transparent structures and processes for medicines selection, registration, procurement and use. </li></ul><ul><li>Research projects launched </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis of pharmaceutical sector data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health financing for the poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level II & III surveys on medicines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmaceutical benchbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Financing for the Poor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finding the right contractors and meeting schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency and accountability project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Governance in Medicines (GGM) Award project ( in collaboration with WHO ) to be presented in 3 rd MeTA Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating awareness and interest to participate (extended deadlines) </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting on-site evaluation of applicants and summarising detailed results for decision making </li></ul>
  4. 4. Priorities and Milestones in the workplan implementation 26/01/10 MeTA PRIORITIES MILESTONES <ul><li>Continuing the MeTA Council meetings and further strengthening its operations including the capacity and performance of the secretariat </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly meetings conducted with full documentation. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be elections in for MeTA Council Executive Committee in January 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Secretariat is now past the initial learning curve, after 6 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking barriers for transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Set up structures to facilitate disclosure and accessibility of information to the public. The activities supportive of this are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MeTA website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support to the EDPMS of DOH </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Projects to be launched: </li></ul><ul><li>Study on medicines promotions & advertisements </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for evaluating ethical practices in industry and the medical profession </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening of DTCs </li></ul><ul><li>Call for proposals and TORs have been developed </li></ul>
  5. 5. Priorities and Milestones in the workplan implementation (cont’d) 26/01/10 MeTA PRIORITIES MILESTONES <ul><li>Disclosure and transparency of processes in Philhealth, PITC, DOH and BFAD </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support for evidence-based decision and policy making </li></ul><ul><li>Improve accountability and transparency in the management of medicines for LGU's </li></ul><ul><li>Activities in support of goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GGM awards ( lead by WHO and DOH) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmaceutical management course for LGUs to be undertaken in 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disclosure of processes in Philhealth, PITC, DOH and BFAD </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure by private sector e.g. promotions </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of Data Disclosure Survey (November 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger advocacy by civil society organizations </li></ul><ul><li>CHAT, the coalition of civil society organizations has been formed and will hold back-to-back forum with MeTA Forum in January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger participation by the media </li></ul><ul><li>Option on including representative of the media in MeTA council is being explored </li></ul>
  6. 6. Thank you! <ul><li>Name of presenter: Erwin Conrad D. Abueva </li></ul><ul><li>Role in MeTA: Country Programme Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile number: +639228457900 </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul>26/01/10 MeTA