Four years of efforts by a consortium of national consortiums set up by the Food and Drug Administrations National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCTS) in collaboration with private health systems and academic institutions have steadily boosted the number of Cebuano volunteers in the Philippines.
They have scored a total of 1484 volunteers-a 114 increase from the previous year-and the milestone mark means they have done two-thirds of the participating fields.
To achieve this NCTS went into a supporting effort meant that hospitals and patients did not have to attend as many special screenings for the disease failures to receive necessary first-aid and malpractice insurance etc. and had low reimbursement among other issues that were usually found in established drug shortage countries were resolved.
In the latest NCTS: Partnerships with Care to Generate health Equity: Advancing Future Health (PPARI) Project NCTS has partnered with students government organizations and University of Mindana consortiums to enable drug-naive and HIV-positive patients in chronic health-shortage countries take advantage of hours of their time for healthcare access. Children with underlying health conditions and those 120 and older are also eligible for this funding.
NCTS has criticized the governments decision to award IT-driven support to so many projects that have already been implemented. Of paramount importance the grant announced last month already carries a long-standing IT support obligation but is no longer being honoured.
Larger government- supported project allocation means NCTS could have doubled to two-thirds its long-term target had it not stopped short of awarding Swiss hospitals IT packages for their drug needs.
Through the support NCTS will also be able to accept more volunteers reducing the re-opening for the economy normalizing the HIVAIDS pandemic tackling hunger and ensuring social and familial support is also given to poor patients.
NCTS chief executive officer Roland Dalbu told PhPIC he felt satisfied with how the rehabilitation initiative has unfolded.
The NCTS investments have been large and we continue to put our blood and sweat in. I feel very good about how the initiative has brought a level of closure to the Philippines. These patients needs are foremost he said.