Department of Health Regional Office 7 hosts 5th Stakeholders’ Forum on NTD

The Department of Health Regional Office VII has successfully hosted the recently concluded 5th Stakeholders’ Forum on the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases last February 22to 23, 2017 held at Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City with the theme “Evidence-Based Technologies to Accelerate the Gains of NTD Elimination, A New Hope”. 

Representatives from government agencies and stakeholders from different sectors gathered for a forum to update and share coordinative efforts and resources for integrated control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

   NTD Forum

The forum was spearheaded by the Department of Health -Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, in cooperation with  DOH Regional Office 7. It was graced by the Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, DOH Regional Staff and Multi Stakeholders Partners. The undertaking has paved way to leverage development initiatives and opportunities by enabling collaborative innovation and strategy for control and elimination of NTDs.

Giving his welcome message, DOH RO-VII Director, Dir. Jaime S. Bernadas stressed the importance of forging strong bonds among partners for better health outcomes towards the battle cry of the Philippine Health Agenda dubbed as All for Health towards Health for All”.

Meanwhile, on her keynote message, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial articulated the Philippine Health Agenda’s commitment toward attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our framework to Philippine Health Agenda is to provide quality health care services that are well-deserved by every Filipino. Year after year, our battle cry towards elimination of NTDs has been evident in the initiatives to we did and have been doing through bridging health interventions to attain health-related sustainable development and I would like to congratulate each and everyone who has contributed to the movement to end NTDs. I have always believed that health is everybody’s concern, not just the government but the whole society.

The event concluded with the signing of the Wall of Commitment by the participants coming from the government and private sectors led by Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial to signify their willingness to winning the battle against Neglected Tropical Diseases towards one shared vision: All for Health towards Health for All”.