Eliminating Malaria through Primary Care Services

 By Camille Baladjay (Senior Health Program Officer, DOH)  Apr 15, 2021Central

In the late 90’s, a group of public health practitioners visited Region 4B to evaluate the malaria situation in the area. One community member, a mother, suggested clearing up the vegetation within a stream to expose it to more sunshine. Through this idea, the habitat of mosquitoes was destroyed contributing to a decrease in the number of malaria cases in the community. Primary care works exactly though this lens – a macro perspective through epidemiology and a micro perspective through clinical management. The community’s perspective and ownership of the public health problem is pivotal to the achievement of the malaria goals in the country both at the population and the individual levels. With Palawan, Sultan Kudarat, and Mindoro Occidental as the three remaining high burden endemic provinces, the Department of Health and the Global Fund through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. renewed its commitment to support the local governments and the entire country towards achieving a malaria-free Philippines by 2030 through a 7.9M dollar grant to cover the years 2021-2023. The funding shall provide support to the endemic provinces through surveillance, vector control, information management system, health education and communication, and case management. The Department of Health shall continue to review, update, and create policies & guidelines on malaria prevention and control, procure essential commodities, and conduct monitoring & evaluation until the goal of malaria elimination is reached.

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