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NEDA XI shares insights on 2008 national demographic and health survey results

Davao City (23 March) -- The dissemination forum for the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) for Davao Region was conducted on February 23, 2010, at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. This was bared by NEDA XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim who presented the implications of the 2008 NDHS findings on future policies and programs on women and children?s health during the said forum.

Director Lim said that the 2008 NDHS provides valuable information that would guide policy directions of both government and the private sector in pushing for their human development thrusts. It was also a good opportunity for NEDA to put forward its advocacies on regional development through sustained and convergent efforts towards uplifting the health status of the people.

Director Lim said that given the results of the 2008 NDHS, there is a need to assess or reassess the implementation of the country?s programs and policies that impact on infant and child mortality, reproductive health, and maternal health.

She highlighted the role of the local government units, down to the barangay level, in ensuring the success of implementing these programs and projects; the possible imposition of sanctions for non-compliance to these laws and programs; the need to increase spending for health services, as well as improving efficiency in spending to maximize results out of limited resources; and the importance of networking with NGOs and the private sector in the implementation of health-related initiatives.

Director Lim likewise proposed the expansion in the benefits provided by the Philippine Health Insurance Program to cover all sickness and rural health services and to put emphasis on the need to address the issues on brain drain, improvement of data collection and data quality on health and the strengthening of the Local Health Boards, toward pushing for health development.

The participants were reminded that the country is already midway in working towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals or the MDGs, having committed to achieve targets by 2015. The results of the 2008 NDHS are timely inputs for the monitoring of the country?s progress towards the attainment of these Goals. (PIA) [top]

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