WHO Scientist Dr. Bernadette Ramirez gave emphasis on the importance of participatory research in health during her keynote speech at the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development 36th Anniversary last March 16, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

According to Dr. Ramirez, one of the objectives of participatory research in health studies is capacity building. “We actually have one goal which is capacity building for research. Capacity building means strengthening our ties with individuals and communities through involvement when it comes to health research and innovation.”

Dr. Ramirez defined community involvement as a process of engaging with communities to form a dialogue and/or collaboration at the grass roots level. She explained that in health research, including people in the process means providing what the people actually needs instead of delivering research results and research products aimlessly.

Participatory research sees communities as co-producer of knowledge and action. She added that the benefits of including individuals and communities in the dialogue of health research and innovation does not only encourage them to take action and responsibility for their own health but also fosters change in people.

She stated that the problem in the current health research practices is the need of the communities, “Ang mentality kasi natin ay one-size fits all; we forget that in health research, we are actually dealing with people. We need transformative change. We don’t want to be stuck in one size fits all because people come in different shapes and sizes.”

Dr. Ramirez explained that we should move forward from this practice and start banking on personalized healthcare that is more understanding of what is important to the people and community. The on-going evolution and demand for quality healthcare necessitate a parallel need for professional development with guided principle that is rooted in the needs of the people.

She urges everyone to take part in creating and providing a better healthcare to millions of Filipinos. Dr. Ramirez said, “Health research is multi-trans disciplinary; we need to combine our expertise. We have to understand our problems together. Healthcare is a complex problem and a complex problem requires a complete set of system to address that problem.”

In the end, she reiterated and reminded everyone that research on social innovation in health accompanied by community involvement is key in developing better healthcare system and programs.

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Written by Catherine Joy C. Dimailig

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 Seven out of the 33 researchers were awarded the “Most Ready to Publish Paper” during the 13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 8-9 January 2018 at The Oriental Hotels and Resorts, Legazpi City, Albay. The award is given to participants whose papers are organized, well-written, and have the greater potential to get published in peer reviewed journals.

Winners for this batch were from the National Capital Region, Region 3, Region 4A, and Region 11, as follows:  Ms. Amalea Dulcene Nicolasora of the Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Ms. Mary Grace Pelayo of the Department of Health, Ms. Lozel Villadore of the Manila Doctors Hospital, Ms. Iza Donna Togbo of the Philippine Women’s University, Mr. Aaron Carl Tejano of Mabalacat City College, Dr. Norbel Tabo of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, and Ms. Maria Catherine Otero of the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc., who received tokens and certificates along with the recognition.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, in partnership with the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), conducts the writing workshop twice every year to help young researchers in health sciences acquire practical knowledge and writing skills in  developing scientific articles for publications in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

 The second workshop for 2018 will be conducted in Baguio City on 6-7 August 2018. For details, you may call Ms. Ana Itulid at tel.no.  (02) 837-7534.