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article imageEU Contributes 36M Euro for Health Program in the Philippines

By Adeline Yuboco     Dec 27, 2010 in World
Manila, Philippines--The European Union (UN) contributed 36 million euros to phase two of the Philippines' Health Sector Policy Support Program (HSPSP II) this morning as part of its launching held at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The contribution was awarded by Alistair MacDonald, Ambassador of the European Union to the Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. This is part of its commitment to aid in the improvement of the health status of the poor and disadvantaged people in the country.
The HSPSP II aims to ensure that continuous and strategic implementation of the country's health sector programs and address current weaknesses in the present healthcare system. It is part of the FOURmula One (F1) for Health Implementation Framework adopted by the Department of Health (DoH) in 2005 in order to speed up and improve healthcare delivery, regulation, and financing to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Progress in the provision of healthcare in the Philippines have decreased beginning in the late 1990s, resulting to a wide disparity between the quality and types of services available to individuals belonging to different income groups. The DoH adopted the Health Sector Reform Agenda (HSRA) in 1999 in order to address these concerns. This was then translated into the F1 for Health framework in 2005.
Since 2006, the EU has been working hand-in-hand with the Philippines and the World Bank on the F1 for Health framework. Other supporters and donors include the Spanish Corporation, Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United States Agency for International Development, World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF).
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