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CALL FOR ADDITIONAL RESEARCH PROPOSALS EXTENDED BY BCHRD

President Fay Lea Patria Lauraya chair of the BCHRD announced during the 5th Regional Health Research Coordinating Council (RHRCC) meeting, that the submission of the research proposals shall be extended to June 2014 to make room for those who wants to undertake health researches. President Lauraya had called the chair of the Research and Development (R & D) Committee- Dr. Marlyn Daguno of the Bicol Regional and Training and Teaching Hospital to enjoin all the members of the consortium to submit proposals.

Funding of research proposals comes from the Regional Development Fund worth P500.00, however proposals needing more than this amount are likewise funded by the Philippine Council for health Research and Development.

A total of six (6) research proposals were submitted to the consortium and were already shortlisted by the R & D Committee.

A good news is we are still accepting research proposals and will do so year round. The requirements to submit a research proposals are as follows: 1) Submit a capsule proposal (in DOST 1B Format) to be evaluated by the R& D Committee; 2) If accepted, submit a detailed proposal (in PCHRD Format); 3) A 2nd review will be done by the R & D committee; 4) Approval from the RHRCC; and 5) Submission to the Philippine Council for final review.

2012 Regional Health Profile Bases for Research Proposal

            An update on the 2012 Regional Health Profile was shared by Dr. Aurora Daluro of  Department of Health, Region V during the 5th Regional Health Research Coordinating Council on ------ 2014 at the Bicol University, Legazpi City.

 

Region V

Fully Immunized Child

Target: ≥ 95 %

 

% Increase

Infant Mortality Rate

 

2007-2011

2012

 

2007-2011

2012

Albay

79.40

82.63

3.23

7.32

8.4

Camarines Norte

81.19

74.34

- 6.85

14.23

13.96

Camarines Sur

78.82

64.36

-14.46

9.57

7.97

Catanduanes

79.06

84.22

5.16

9.03

7.37

Masbate

88.10

72.37

-15.73

9.83

6.76

Sorsogon

79.24

69.15

-10.09

6.87

9.05

Iriga City

67.30

80.91

13.61

13.51

5.25

Naga City

89.68

96.07

6.39*

15.05

15.89

Legazpi City

91.59

90.91

- 0.68

12.6

8.03*

BICOL REGION

79.53

73.86

- 5.67

9.6

8.8

The health profile presented consisted of the: 1) Population, 2) Health facilities, 3) Crude death rate, 4) Crude birth rate, 5) Infant mortality rate, 6) Under five mortality rate, 7) Leading causes of infant mortality, 8) Fully immunized child, 9) Maternal mortality, 10) Leading causes of maternal mortality, 11) Leading causes of morbidity, 12) Leading causes of mortality, 13) House hold with access to improved / safe water supply, and 14) Sanitary toilets.

            Looking at the data the 2012 health profile it showed that for the Catanduanes has the highest crude death rate (7.08)  and crude birth rate (33.35); Naga City has the highest Infant Mortality Rate (15.89) higher by .84% in 20017-2011 and Under5 Mortality Rate (20.75).

 

Crude Death Rate

Crude Birth Rate

Infant Mortality Rate

Under5 Mortality Rate

 

2007-2011

2012

2007-2011

2012

2007-2011

2012

2007-2011

2012

Albay

4.64

4.69

21.59

19.95

7.32

8.4

12.35

14.41**

Camarines Norte

4.53

5.11

22.41

21.72

14.23

13.96

15.4

19.8

Camarines Sur

4.04

4.09

19.49

20.71

9.57

7.97

14.32

12.72

Catanduanes

5.71

7.08**

21.81

33.35**

9.03

7.37

13.27

8.55*

Masbate

3.47

3.6

24.32

23.32

9.83

6.76

13.75

13.51

Sorsogon

4.6

5.35

21.18

21.76

6.87

9.05

10.12

16.3

Iriga City

6.07

5.13

19.59

24.21**

13.51

5.25

18.34

9.37*

Naga City

7.16

6.17

24.21

22.16

15.05

15.89

21.06

20.75

Legazpi City

6.37

5.46

20.69

20.17

12.6

8.03*

17.59

16.53

Bicol Region

4.49

4.71

21.37

21.49

9.6

8.8

13.72

14.5

 

The data on fully immunized Child, (target is > 95%) and Infant Mortality Rate /1000 live births, only Naga City has achieved 96.07% of fully immunized children which had exceeded the target of 95%. Iriga City is 14.09 % below the target, however it has the highest % increase of 13.61%.

 

Also significant is that Camarines  Sur achieved 60% fully immunized children in 2012 which  had deteriorated to Negative 14.16%.

Looking further at the columns under the Infant Mortality Rate, Naga City exceeded the target for immunization, however the IMR went up from15.05 to 15.89. In Iriga City, the achievement in immunization shows a significant decrease in the mortality rate from 13.5 to 5.15/1000 live births. On an overall the Bicol Region neither reached the target; The Region had tripped to negative 5.67%. There is a dire need to look into the  reasons for the said performance, considering that the vaccines  are given for free by the DOH.

          On the Maternal side, the target in 2015 for  Maternal Mortality rate is 52/100,000 live births. The performance shows that Camarines Norte (46.78), Naga (51.24) & Legazpi City (51.81) achieved the target with Cam. Norte having the highest achievement. The lowest achiever is  Catanduanes, whose MMR is 150. With the implementation of the Basic Emergency Obstetrical and Newborn Care (BEMONC), researchers are encouraged to investigate the reasons behind the results. The data presented can be  used by researchers in coming up with research proposals to be submitted to the consortium for funding.

Application for 2015 DOST-SEI Science and Technology

(S&T) Scholarship is on

 

            “Make S&T Your Future, Be a DOST Scholar!” This is the new slogan for the 2015 Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) scholarships.

            In line with the S&T education thrust, DOST encourages the youth especially those graduating students from public and private high schools this coming March/April 2015. Specifically, they should belong to the top five percent (5%) of the regular high school graduating class or have high aptitude in Science and Mathematics and are willing to pursue fields of study in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. Great opportunities await our S&T scholars who will later become the country’s future achievers as scientists, engineers, researchers, teachers and others. As a government investment amounting to more or less Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (P400,000) for each scholar-graduate depending on the scholarship classification as full, partial or special, his/her enormous contribution in nation building after a period of four (4) or five (5) academic years, matters most.

            For one to aspire for the S&T scholarship has to apply and comply with the requirements, take and pass the examination and enroll for authorized Bachelor of Science degrees in recognized state/private universities and colleges in the country. There are two (2) study placements: RA 7687 (for poor, talented and deserving students and Merit Scholarships (for those having gainfully employed parents).

 

            The scholarship requirements/items to be submitted are:

·         DOST-SEI Information Sheet (Form A)

·         Household Information Questionnaire (Form B)

·         Certificate of Good Moral Character (Form C)

·         Certification that applicant belongs to upper 5% of graduating class (Form D1); or

·         Certification that applicant belongs to the graduating class of DOST-SEI identified or DepEd recognized science high school (Form D2)

·         Statement of applicant that he/she has not taken any undergraduate units or post secondary course (Form E)

·         Statement of parent that applicant has no pending application as immigrant to any other county (Form F)

·         Cetificate of Residency (Form G)

·         Two (2) recent “1x1” pictures

·         Photocopy of Birth Certificate

·         Parent/s 2013 Income Tax Return/W2/Employment Contract for OFW/BIR Certificate of Exemption from Filing of ITR/Barangay Certificate of Indigency

·         Electric bill for three (3) consecutive months in 2014

 

Note: Application for Merit Scholarship does not require the Certificate of Residency (Form G), Parent/s 2013 ITR/OFW Employment Contract/BIR Cert. of Exemption from ITR Filing/Brgy. Cert. of Indigency and Electric bill for three (3) consecutive months in 2014.

 

            Application forms are available and upon completion can be filed at DOST-SEI, 2nd Level Science Heritage Bldg., DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila; DOST Regional Offices, Provincial S&T Centers (PSTCs) or Office of the Congress Representative and Senator. It can be downloaded at the website, www.dost.gov.ph and www.science-scholarship.ph.

 

            The students, their parents/guardians or any representatives may file the scholarship applications at the said offices. Secondary school registrars/in-charge are encouraged to file their students’ scholarship applications by group/batch. Deadline for submission of application is on 22 August 2014. The examination is set on 21 September 2014 (1st Batch, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00nn and 2nd Batch, 1:00 – 6:00p.m. in designated testing centers. The test permits shall be mailed/ delivered to the applicant/s or school principal for distribution to the applicants. In case of non-receipt within the week before the examination, the examinees are advised to visit DOST Region V, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City, telephone numbers Trunklines: (052) 482-1050; ORD Telefax: (052) 482-0534(BAYANTEL); (052) 742-0911 (PLDT); Scholarship Telefax: (052) 482-0745; and Technical Telefax: (052) 482-0910 or Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) nearest them, (Dr. P.O. Lucena/C.L. Gillego, DOST V).

1st BCHRD Regional Forum Winners to represent Bicol in 8th PNHRS Week Celebration Student Research Competition; Governor Salceda highlights             “A Leader’s Science Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Albay”

 

The 8th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week will be celebrated on 12-14 August 2014 at Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Cebu City. The four (4) key players in health Research and Development (R&D) namely the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the University of the Philippines together with the host, the Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) has lined-up a series of plenary/parallel sessions and other events focusing on the theme “Research and Innovation in Health for Disaster and Emergency Health Management”.

            The PNHRS Week Celebration shall gather the various stakeholders in Health R&D to interact, to learn from each other, to share information and experiences, to voice their concern, to contribute research-based solutions to health problems, among others. Emphasis will also be given on the role of health research in disaster and emergency health management.  Key areas to be highlighted include Science for Disaster Preparedness and Actions, Use of Information and Communication Technology and Tools and Policies, Coordinating Mechanisms for Service Delivery, and Role of Social Media.

            Bicol’s regional winners during the 1st Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) Regional Research Forum qualify in the Student Research Competition (Poster Exhibits Award).  Ellen Keith C. Barreda, Bicol University (BU), College of Science will showcase her study on the “Evaluation of the Anticonvulsant Activity of Jathropa cursas L. (Tubang-bakod) Methanolic Leaf Extract in                   Mus musculus”. Using the extract injected to laboratory mice has shown promising results at par or even better than the usual available convulsant drugs. Previous studies have proven Jathropa as a source of renewal energy.

            The other entry is the research on “Hypoglycemic Effect of Papaitan     (Tinospora crispa L. Mier) Extract on Diabetic and Normal Glycemic Male Albino Mice by Christine O. Arcueno and Mark T. Despabiladeras, BU College of Nursing. “Papaitan”, a local plant meaning bitter is a potential medicinal source for lowering blood sugar among diabetics.

            To be discussed by the country’s competent scientists, researchers, medical practitioners, media personality and experts on disaster preparedness and mitigation, and emergency health management and situations are the following topics/experiences.

·         Lessons from Typhoon Yolanda

·         Risk Communication on Typhoon, Rainfall and Storm Surges

Warning System: Post Assessment on Typhoon Yolanda

·         Immediate Effects of the Typhoon among Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Families in Leyte

·         Reporting from the Ground: A Reporter’s Firsthand Experience on the Effect on People, the Environment,  Delivery of Health and other Services

·         Bioterrorism

·         Climate Change

·         National Assessment of Health Research Capacity

·         Ethical Issues in Research in Disaster Areas

·         Individual and Community Responses to Disaster

·         Disaster Victim Identification and Super Typhoon Yolanda’s Dead

·         In the Eye of the Storm: Being a Victim and a Responder

·         The View from the Top: Development of a Community Awareness System in Preparation for Disasters

·         Organizing Response to Emergency and Health Care Delivery

·         Getting Your Research Published

·         Safeguarding People’s Health: Science for Disaster Management

·         Strategic and Systematic Approach for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction

·         Research and Evaluation in Disaster Preparedness and Management

·         A Leader’s Science Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Albay

·         ICT Tools for Disaster Management - eHealth and Social Media

·         Telehealth and RxBox, Experiences from Leyte and Bohol

·         The Social Media System: A Double Edged Sword and Agent for Change

·         Big Data as Surveillance Tools During Emergencies and Disasters

·         Juan Direction: Coordinating Mechanisms for Better Emergency Health

·         Disaster Preparedness: Is the Philippines Ever Going to be Ready?

·         Government’s Response and Coordination to Disaster Preparedness Management and Post Disaster Management (in relation to health)

·         Moving Forward Research and Innovation for Disaster and Emergency Health Management

 

Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair and Albay                             Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, the champion on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), and known for Albay’s Zero Casualty will deliver a talk on “A Leader’s” Science Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness: The Case of Albay. Albay is also recognized for its Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation and Climate Change Academy.

 

 

Other important events during this year’s PNHRS Week Celebration are the Professional Research Competitions; Opening Ceremonies to be highlighted by the Opening of Exhibits and the Keynote address by Secretary Panfilo M. Lacson, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, Fellowship Night with regional contest, and the Closing Ceremonies to feature “The Health R&D coveted awards (Consortium Website/Database Awards/PCHRD-Gruppo Medico Award for undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine/5th Student and Professional Research Competitions (Oral Presentations/Poster Exhibits)/Consortium Exhibits and Dr. Alberto G. Romualdez, Outstanding Health Research Award. Aside from the student-constestants, celebration, BCHRD will represented by committee chairs [Research and Development Committee (RDC), Capability Building Committee (CBC), Regional Information, Commercialization and Utilization Committee (RICUC) and Ethics Review Committee (ERC) with Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, Chair, BCHRD and President, Bicol University and Dr. Alma G. Banua,  Consorium Chair as delegation heads.       (Dr. P.O. Lucena, DOST V).

DOST - PCHRD/FNRI and DOH conduct a study

“Evaluation of Dietary Service in Selected Hospitals

in the Philippines, includes BRTTH”

 

            The Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST – FNRI) is conducting a study entitled “Evaluation of Dietary Service in Selected Hospitals in the Philippines”.  Funded by the Department of Health through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), this study aims to fill the knowledge gap on information about the quality of foods and its corresponding cost served to in-patients provided either by an outsourced dietary service or an in-house dietary service in selected hospitals. Also, the study intends to provide information on the comparability of services undertaken by the two (2) types of food service providers as against the dietetic food service standards.

 

            Fifty (50) hospitals nationwide are included in this study. The Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital (BRTTH) in Legazpi City is one of the selected study sites. The FNRI and DOST V Team Visit and Project Presentation at BRTTH was done on 11 February 2014 and Data Collection was finished on 12 February 2014.

 

            The methodology of the study consisted of the following:

·         Nutrient analysis of food served to in-patients

-       Food weighing of two (2) sample trays (full diet only) per room type for breakfast, lunch and supper

·         Interview of key informants

 

The FNRI – DOST V Team interviewed Dr. Rogelio G. Rivera, Chief of Hospital, Mr. Peter Almonte, Budget Officer and OIC-Chief Administrative Officer and three (3) nutritionist-dietitians. Other interviewees (face-to-face interview) were ten (10) randomly selected adult patient on full diet representing all room types.

 

Feedback also included the patient’s answers/comments on food taste, appearance/color, texture and temperature. Dietary food service policies and procedures were looked into/ documented/ reviewed. Facilities for improvement e.g. availability of storage equipment and energy audit formed part of the recommendations considering good dietary practices and food system management system, among others.

 

This study commenced in April 2013 to be completed in February 2014. Results of the study will be provided to DOH to become basis for policy making on dietary service system in various Center for Health and Development (CHD), regional hospitals and medical centers in the country.

Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Principal Investigator and Mesdames Clarita R. Magsadia, Senior Science Research Specialist, Chona F. Patalen, Science Research Specialist I and Christine Q. Verano, Science Research Analyst are the members of the FNRI project team. (Dr. P. O. Lucena, DOST V).

 


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