More researches needed- official

AS THE country moves forward in its participation in the ASEAN Integration this year, the research community in the country, along with its partners in the government finds the need to bring more researches from learning institutions to communities who will benefit these.

During Thursday’s Health Research and Development Expo by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) in the region, Anthony Sales, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (and vice chair of RHRDC) said that through events like this, more academic researches will reach stakeholders and eventually the public, instead of just being shelved in libraries.

“The situation is improving,” Sales said, referring to how research now trickles from the academe to the community. “Back in the days, most researches are only in libraries and archives and are not disseminated to end users.”

He said that there are many technologies—from health, food, and agriculture—that have the potential to be commercialized and used by the community. The objective of the expo is mainly to provide a venue and platform for the dissemination of health researches in the Davao Region. These researches, which were showcased in an exhibit, are from the different member agencies of the regional consortium; these are displayed with hopes to bring these research outputs to the private sector and stakeholders so that there will be generation of technologies, which can then be commercialized.

Another need that the expo hopes to address is to improve health service for the public. Sales said that their research organization subscribes to the paradigm that there should be universal health care. The country, which has a national health research system powered by the DOH, DOST, CHED, UP, and members of their consortium envisions to bring services and technology to benefit the population and to provide improvements in healthcare.

Sales said that the country is not, in any way, lagging behind other ASEAN countries in terms of public health. “There are many investments that the government has made through DOH and DOST (in terms of research that will address the major health problems and issues in the country—these include infectious diseases and tuberculosis.”

He added that the health concerns that the country should focus on as the ASEAN integration progresses are the very themes of the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), a major document produced by the Research Agenda Committee (RAC) of the Philippine National Health

Research System (PNHRS), which serves as the country’s template for health research and

development efforts.

The document hopes to provide focus and direction on health research and development

efforts that will address the country’s health concerns for 2011-2016: infectious diseases, maternal and child health, information and communication technology (ICT) for health, climate change and its impact on health, and tropical medicine.

“We’re trying to address all five,” he said. “These are main things that we should focus on in terms of research.”

During the expo, there were 10 undergraduate researches presented and another 14 showcased as posters.

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