22.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

MOST Academy on Inclusive Policy is underway in Manila, the Philippines (21-22 March 2018)

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MOST Academy has brought together researchers, NGOs and policymakers to explore ways to improve the availability, accessibility, and usage of evidence that is necessary for promoting inclusive healthcare in the country, with a particular focus on addressing the challenge of health workforce shortage.

Two researchers from Malaysia have joined the MOST Academy in Manila to enrich the discussion from the cross-country perspective. National Working Groups in Malaysia and the Philippines have been working intensively for the past six months on UNESCO project designed to improve the availability, accessibility and usage (commonly referred to as valorization) of evidence to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its inclusive social development goals.

Two MOST Academies organized in the region – in Manila (21-22 March) and in Kuala Lumpur (26-27 March) will use the knowledge produced during the research phase of the project in the respective countries to enhance the capacity of professionals (academia, government, and civil society) and to strengthen the research-policy interface towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. MOST Academy is a capacity-building module within UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, designed to strengthen the competencies for evidence-informed decision-making in Member States.

The Philippines Working Group composed of researchers, public officials, and NGOs has focused on government programs addressing the shortage of primary care health workforce in the country. Health care is a human right – an entitlement for all. Millions of Filipinos have limited or no access to it, especially the poor and other socially excluded groups like the elderly population, persons with disabilities, abused women and children, the LGBTI community, persons living with HIV, and those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) including indigenous people. Those in the lowest income quintiles suffer most from the inequities in access and health outcomes. As the Philippines Coalition for Primary Care puts it: “there is no universal healthcare if there are no health workers to take care of the citizenry”.

The Center for Integrative and Development Studies at the University of Philippines spearheaded the intensive six-month research and analytical effort to produce the Situational Analysis to identify the prevailing practices in using evidence for health workforce-related policies, and the Operational Protocols to improve these practices and to promote rational, rights-based, and evidence-informed decision-making.

The project is funded by the Malaysian Government (Funds-in-Trust for UNESCO).

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