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Way Forward in Eliminating NTDs in the Philippines: Forging Partnerships - Highlights of the NTD Forum on August 7, 2017

Lydia R. Leonardo, Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., Lilian A. de las Llagas, Myra S. Mistica, Angelica C. Enriquez, Mary Joy A. Magracia, Elena A. Villacorte

Abstract


The Department of Parasitology of the College of Public Health held a special forum on neglected tropical
diseases or NTDs with the theme “Way Forward in Eliminating NTDs in the Philippines: Forging Partnerships” on August 7, 2017 at the CPH Auditorium. The conference aimed to heighten awareness on NTDs in the Philippines and developing countries and drum up support and participation of various sectors in control and elimination efforts for NTDs in the country. Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean R. Ubial delivered the keynote address while presentations on NTDs of the world and in the Philippines were presented by Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe from World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO-WPRO) and Dr. Leda M. Hernandez from the Department of Health, respectively. A panel of reactors representing the Department of Education, Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines, Culion Foundation Incorporated, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and Johnson and Johnson Philippines shared their contribution to the control and prevention and their suggested way forward in the elimination of NTDs in the Philippines. Close to two hundred participants attended the forum half of whom were from other research and academic institutions and government and non-government agencies.


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