The Committee on Capability Building of the Health Research and Development Consortium Region IV-A -Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (HRDCR IV-A-PCHRD) is steadfast in its commitment to create and sustain an enabling environment for health research and development activities which are well contextualized to the culture, resource, and needs of the region and country. To fully realize the vision and aspirations of the Philippine National Health Research System, the HRDCR IV-A has conceptualized a “Capability-Building Program for Health Researchers in Region IV-A ”.


This program is composed of the following modules to provide health researchers with a solid and applied understanding of research topics and methods used commonly in health sciences research.

Module I:      Training Course on Basic Research Methods

Module II:    Health Research Proposal Enhancement and Mentoring Program

Module III:   Data Analysis Workshop


The Training Course on Basic Research Methods was conducted on October 11-13, 2017 and the Health Research Proposal Enhancement and Mentoring Program last November 8-10, 2017 both held at Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay City. Dr. Ophelia Mendoza of University of the Philippines-Manila served as the resource person for the said workshops, both attended by the representatives of the member-institutions of HRDCR IV-A.


At the end of the workshops, participants were able to enrich their skills in the design of conceptually cogent, methodologically rigorous, and ethically sound research proposals for possible funding. The generated proposals were aligned with National Unified Health Research Agenda and DOH Medium Term Health Policy and Systems Research Agenda.


Participants who were able to attend Modules 1 and 2 will also be invited to the Data Analysis Workshop if they complete and submit all the necessary output from the first and second workshops.





Last August 15-17, 2017, the Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in coordination with Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam organized the 3rd International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease at Premiera Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference was "Global Challenges in Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease". It focused on three major issues in public health namely: Vaccination, Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and Zoonoses. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Cheong Chee Kheong of Ministry of Health, Malaysia. He emphasized the importance of series of discussions among scientists, academicians and technologists on various aspects of combating new threats in emerging and reemerging diseases. More than 200 scientists from 15 countries participated in the event. Of which more than 40 researchers presented their papers. Undersecretary of Department of Health Dr. Gerardo V. Bayugo presented the Philippines' Experience on Zika virus while Dr. Norbel A. Tabo of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas presented his PCHRD-funded research titled "Prevalence of Leptospira in abbatoir workers, slaughtered animals and abbatoir environment in Cavite, Philippines". Dr. Tabo focused his discussion on the continual source of leptospires and the presence of common serovars in abbatoir worker-slaughtered animal-abbatoir environment interface could pose problems on human health. The serovars identified could be potential candidates for the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests. The conference provided an avenue for researchers to search for solutions to problems not only on drug discoveries but also on strategies combatting new biological threats.


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