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Building an Archipelago’s Capability

By Currents Editor posted 03-29-2018 23:00

Jo_Ann_Soliven__MD.bmpBy Jo Ann Soliven, MD

The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands with a current population of about 104 million living mainly in 10-11 islands. Geography, location and growing population challenge both healthcare and economic reforms. Healthcare expenditure is heaviest on a self-pay system. The fragmented healthcare delivery consists of the national government, local government units relying on revenue shares from the national government and the private sector.

Health workforce consist of doctors concentrated on National Capital Region and other urban cities; nurses and midwives deliver the bulk of public healthcare in the country’s periphery. No updated and complete data exists as to capabilities of hospitals for neurologic emergency and critical care. National, local, public and private health information systems are likewise poorly integrated. With such profile in mind, the Brain RESCUE Organization of the Philippines (BRP) collaborating with The Medical City (TMC) hospital, targeted nationwide participation for the December 2018 ENLS Live Course conducted in Metro Manila.

Source: The Philippine health system at a glance, Department of Health

The TMC-ENLS team reached out to government and private institutions, its specialty training graduates, friends, families and allies across the country, stating the ideals and offerings of the course and the group. This resulted to an overwhelming support from 320 participants coming from different regions, practically the entire archipelago.

This effort is consistent with the presence of TMC network hospitals in five strategic areas across the country to offer itself as the provider for global standard services. Such makes it an ideal partner in advancing neuro-emergency and neurocritical care in the Philippines. NCS officials/trainers were present to support and witness the event. Vice President Dr. Jose Suarez and Past President Dr. Romergryko Geocadin were with us as we welcomed the overflowing attendees and audience enthusiasm.

It started by dreaming and organizing ourselves, now the ground laying work to educate. ENLS is serving to spark the fire! We will soon be rolling out other educational, developmental and engagement activities to advance care for our neurologically challenged patients. BRP commits to pursue its objectives to help shape Philippine neurocritical care services through its partnership with NCS and other equally dynamic local groups.

Partial evidence of the 320 attendees

BRP Founders who conceptualised the event, Drs. Gemmalyn Sarapuddin, Jo Ann Soliven and Marian Sodusta in a photo with NCS Past President Dr Romergryko Geocadin and current Vice President Dr. Jose Suarez.

Jo Ann R. Soliven, MD
NCS Membership Committee
Consultant Staff, Department of Neurology,
The Medical City, Philippines
Founder - Brain R.E.S.C.U.E. Philippines #AsianCorner #NCSRoundup #International #JoAnnSoliven

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