HEALTH RESEARCH today becomes more important with the country’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goal on improving the health of the people and prevention of diseases.
The Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC) believes that in the event of grave health problems in the country, more health studies are needed to generate relevant data so these problems can be addressed. The consortium is a structure created by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It aims to link together researchers and institutions to facilitate health research activities attuned to regional health needs.
WVHRDC is calling for health research proposals as there is a need for more people in the medical profession, academe and institutions to come up with health research proposals that can pave the way for development of local technologies and drugs that can address various prevalent illnesses.
In an orientation held June 27 at DOST VI Training Room, some 26 participants comprising of regular staff and faculty members of regional research institutes, medical and paramedical schools, hospitals and other health related agencies.
WVHRDC will entertain research proposals which address the priority health problems – maternal and child health, communicable diseases, non communicable diseases, traditional and alternative medicine, environmental health, special sectors, health service, substance abuse, innovations/new technologies, gender and health. Each approved proposal will be provided with a budgetary requirement of Php200,000. Applicants who seek for funding assistance for their health research proposals may call the WVHRDC Secretariat at telephone number 320-0907 for further inquiries.
WVHRDC helps in prioritizing health research proposals which should be relevant and sound and do not violate certain ethical standards for research activities. (DOST VI/MASASalazar)