Western Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (WVHRDC)
REGIONAL UNIFIED HEALTH RESEARCH AGENDA (2017-2022)
Priority Area: Infectious diseases
To conduct researches on the epidemiological status and interventions on infectious diseases in the region.
Sub Topics: Dengue; Emerging and Re-emerging diseases (diphtheria, Zika, rubella, chikungunya, filarial, schistosomiasis, rabies, leptospirosis); HIV/ AIDS / STIs; Tuberculosis
Priority Area: Child and Adolescent health
To address research needs on the behavior and practices of children and adolescents, including teenage pregnancy.
Sub Topics: High Risk behaviors; Teenage Pregnancy: clinicopathologic profiles, family planning service provisions among teenage mothers; Technologies and child development; family planning
Priority Area: Non-communicable disease
To conduct researches on prevalent non-communicable in the region to address research needs.
Sub Topics: Hypertension; Diabetes Mellitus; Disability Studies ( hearing, access health aids/insurances); Dystonia; cardiovascular diseases mortality; oncologic/cancer studies; chronic kidney diseases
Priority Area: Maternal and child health
To conduct researches on the health seeking behavior, access to interventions, and epidemiology of maternal and child health.
Sub Topics: Neonatal STI; Morbidity and mortality; Utilization and access of facility-based delivery; Exclusive breastfeeding
Priority Area: Substance Abuse
To cover the regional needs in the prevalence and interventions of substance abuse, including drug use among students.
Sub Topics: mandatory drug testing for the students
Priority Area: Expanded Program on Immunization
To address research needs on the utilization and coverage of immunization in the region and assess implementation issues
Sub Topics: Service Utilization; Program Management issues for Fully Immunized Child; Procurement delay for vaccines; Immunization on GIDAs
Priority Area: Food and Nutrition
To conduct researches on the prevalence and interventions for malnutrition, food for disasters and emergencies, and the utilization of indigenous plants for functional foods
Sub Topics: Malnutrition; Functional foods; Utilization of Indigenous plants for functional foods; Foods for disasters and emergencies
Priority Area: Drug discovery development
To explore the potential of herbal medicine and natural products to be used for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Sub Topics: Medicinal Plants database/herbarium in the region/plant conservatory; Development of herbal drugs in the management of substance abuse clients; Drug development for dengue (e.g. tawa-tawa); Drug development for Cancer; Drug Discovery for management of Pain and Enhancing Efficacy of Chemotherapy; Drug discovery from other resources (terrestial and marine); Drug delivery; Protocol development and clinical trials (such as herbal products); Resource mapping (equipment, facility, human resources, intellectual properties)
Priority Area: Geriatric health
To collect baseline data on the aging population in the region and assess current health services for the elderly
Priority Area: Traditional and alternative medicine
To conduct researches focusing on the traditional and alternative medicine that has the potential to be applied to common diseases.
Priority Area: Mental health
To collect baseline data on the prevalence of mental health conditions in the region and evaluate the implementation of current programs.
Sub Topic: Community mental health etc.
Priority Area: Climate change mitigation and adaptation and disaster risk reduction
To address research needs on the health impact of climate change and disaster
Priority Area: Special groups (indigenous Ps, PWDs, gender/WCPU/ VAWC, etc.,)
To address the knowledge gap on special groups and vulnerable populations for a more inclusive health system.
Sub Topics: Access and utilization of health services by special groups; KAP for special sectors on health issues of IPs; Utilization of health facilities in GIDAs (geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas)
Priority Area: Pharmacoeconomics
To conduct researches that would address health economic issues related to the pharmaceutical market
Sub Topics: Cost of medicines; Local manufacturing of off-patent drugs; Alternative marketing channels; Review of policies on procurement, costing, and marketing; Prescribing behaviour of physicians and patient medication preferences; Price structure and regulations
Priority Area : Health Governance
To evaluate the current health governance system in the region and identify policy gaps
Sub Topics: Health Care Facility Management – for general and for special populations; Governance on health service delivery on LGU level; Research development and management
Priority Area: Health Research and utilization
To address regional gaps on research management and research translation
Sub Topics: Research on research ethics; Review on Research Management/ evaluation; Research and development resource mapping; Health Research Utilization and Translation (M and E); Research and development environment and policies
Priority Area: Health technology (diagnostics, etc.,)
To develop new diagnostic tests to support service delivery.
Sub Topics: Telemedicine (RxBox, etc.,); Development of Zika and Dengue diagnostic tests
Priority Area: Human Resources
Rationale: To evaluate human resources programs in the region and identify gaps and issues in health workforce
Sub Topics: Effectiveness of Human Resources for Health Deployment Programs; KAP on residency training programs and mismatched needs in LGU hospitals; Effectiveness of HRH trainings to service delivery (BeMONC, Lactation Management Trainings, etc); Practices and behaviors on funding for CME and licensing policies
Priority Area: Healthcare policy and regulation
To assess and evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of different policies and regulations in the region
Sub Topic: Regulation on OCPs
Priority Area: Environmental health and sanitation
Rationale: To assess and evaluate the effect of environmental concerns in health
Sub Topic: Oil spills, etc.,
Priority Area: Health Service delivery and referral system
Rationale: To address regional needs and issues on service delivery and referral
Sub Topics: Blood Procurement and supply and other procurement and supply issues; dialysis and kidney transplantation
Priority Area: Medical devices
Rationale: To develop new medical devices that will lead to enhanced access to health services in the region.
Priority Area: Occupational safety and health hazards
Rationale: To assess and evaluate the effect of occupational hazards in health.
Sub Topics: BPOs, etc.,
Priority Area: Health financing
To evaluate the current health financing practices and the implementation of national health insurance programs in the region
Sub Topics: Case rates; Management of funds for sustainability; Harmonization and access of E-data system for PHIC; Price differences between public and private health care institutions; Health financing policies (NBB, etc.,)
Priority Area: ICT applications in health
To conduct researches applying information and communications technology to address regional health concerns.
Sub Topics: Interoperability of electronic system; Development of electronic tracking and database system; Mobile apps development
Priority Area: Accidents and Injuries
To assess the primary causes of accidents and injuries and develop health programs and policies to address regional needs