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Saturday, 06 December 2008

Evidence-Informed Policy Network - EVIPNet Philippines

 EvipNet Philippines
                             EVIPNet Asia Links:    Beijing | Shandong | Sichuan | Malaysia | Vietnam | DOH  | WHO

 The Origin of EVIPNet:

originThe idea of Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) was envisioned in November 2004 during the Ministerial Summit on Health Research in Mexico City.  The Ministers of Health from low and middle income countries stressed that there is a great need to bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice.  Consequently, the 58th World Health Assembly endorsed a resolution from the Summit that called for “establishing or strengthening mechanisms to transfer knowledge in support of evidence based public health care delivery systems and evidence-based health-related policies” in May of 2005, thus, the birth of EVIPNet.

 What is EVIPNet?

 EVIPNet is an innovative mechanism designed to improve health and reduce health inequities by increasing decision and policy makers' access and use of high quality evidence.  In order to capture readily available knowledge, disseminate, share, and apply such knowledge to influence policy and decision making, mechanisms must be created.  Ultimately, EVIPNet represents a partnership between policy-makers and researchers to support the access and use of the best quality and safest research evidence available at the local and global levels.  

The concept and theoretical framework for EVIPNet is based upon the lessons learned and research on how to maximize the likelihood that research evidence is used to shape policy and practice.
 EVIPNet Launch in Asia:

EVIPNet was officially launched i n June 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the goal of establishing EVIPNet teams in various countries in World Health Organization's (WHO) Western Pacific Region. Five countries which are China, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, were invited to submit letters of intent to become a network (three regions in China: Beijing, Shandong and Sichuan provinces formed separate teams).  Key to the EVIPNet concept is the two stage process in which teams are brought together to develop their concept on how they will carry out work to support decision-making within their region/country (Planning Phase) and then the actual conducting of the work (Implementation Phase). The teams are comprised of both policy makers and researchers in order to reflect the equal role of both groups in advancing evidence-informed decision-making.

 Country Profile: Philippine Team:

EVIPNet Philippines has three topic areas of focus to apply their research to policy objectives:
·    Health financing: Hospital enhancement programs
·    Governance: Local health systems development
·    Service delivery: Emergency and disaster response system

The goal is to influence better and more relevant policies and program interventions based on research evidence in each of these areas. The team plans to deliver EVIPNet in four (4) provinces of highest need.

The Philippine team has established partnerships with key national and international groups including the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Research Utilization Committee (RUC) and the Philippine National Health Research Systems (PNHRS).

The team is led by Maylene Beltran, Director of Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau (HPDPB) of the Department of Health (DOH). Other team members are from various stakeholder groups including government and health system representatives from the provinces.

In 2006, a year after EVIPNet has been launched in Asia, the Philippine team incorporated EVIPNet in its Knowledge Management program.

 EVIPNet Philippines Team Composition:

1.  Dir. Ma. Virginia Ala
     Director IV
     Health Policy Development Program Bureau
     Department of Health

2.  Dir. Maylene Beltran   
     Director IV  
     Bureau of International Health Cooperation
     Department of Health

3.  Dr. Jimmy Montoya   
     Executive Director   
     Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

4.  Dr. Joselito Acuin        
     Chair, Research Utilization    
     Philippine National Health Research System    
     De La Salle University and Medical City

5.  Dr. Ruben Caragay   
     University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health
     Executive Director    Institute for Health Policy Development Studies

6.   Dr. Gerardo Bayugo
      Director IV
      Centers for Health Development

7.   Ms. Merl Opena
      Division Chief
      Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

8.  Ms. Rosa G. Gonzales         
     Division Chief, Health Research Division    
     Health Policy Development Program Bureau - DOH


1.      a.  8th Health Research for Action National Forum
              Olive, talking about EVIPNet
         b.  9th National Forum on Health Research for Action
2.  Accomplishments
3.  Upcoming Activities 

Workshop for health researchers and partners on systematic reviews for health
systems strengthening and development
A joint project of the Department of Health, De La Salle Health Sciences Campus and the Cebu Institute of Medicine

EVIPNet Asia Brochure (Download)


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