All countries irrespective of their income level should be producers as well as consumers of research. Strengthening research capacity is relevant to the improvement of health, equity and development but the capacity to do research vary enormously between countries. A recent correspondence published in Nature' Medine by a group of African scientists highlights the urgent need for funders of research to reconsider and introspect on their existing mechanisms, policies and practices.

Read more: Equity in Science Funding

The Department of Science and Technology is pleased to invite you to the webinar on Equitable Partnerships in Science, Technology, and Innovation on 24 March 2021 at 1:40 PM via Zoom and Facebook Live.


This webinar aims to discuss equity in research planning and implementation, and cost and benefit sharing in research, among researchers, sponsors/funders, and research participants. This event is jointly organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), and National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).


To join the event via Zoom, please register using this link:


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The 2021 World Hospital Congress taking place in November will provide us an enhanced opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices on healthcare transformations driven by people, value and technology. Considering how COVID-19 has challenged healthcare organizations, it is critical to discuss how these transformations contribute to the enhancement of responsiveness, flexibility and resilience. We are opening the 2nd Call for Abstracts this March for projects and programs that demonstrate transformations key to achieving agility, guaranteeing adequate responsiveness and improving the resilience of healthcare systems and hospitals. Stay tuned!

Read more: IHF World Hospital Congress Call for Abstracts re-opens in March


Young executive leaders who have proven outstanding merit in healthcare management can have the chance to exchange with peers on capital healthcare issues, as well as to interact with talented thought leaders from all around the world. Through IHF Young Executive Leaders program, participants will build sustainable relationships and expand their network internationally. As a group, they will discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities for the young healthcare leaders of today, creating an environment for vibrant and exciting dialogue.


Throughout 2021, the selected Young Executive Leaders (YELs) will share experience and work together on topics related to the 2021 World Hospital Congress (WHC). The selected topics are a vehicle rather than an objective per se. Through this program, IHF seeks to connect young leaders across the world, broadcast the younger generation’s perspectives on global challenges, and build sustainable relationships. The program ends in November at the WHC, to be held 8-11 November 2021 in Barcelona, after which they will join the growing YEL Alumni.

Due to the crisis that we faced worldwide in 2020, the YELs mainly focused on 2 topics:
1. The challenges of being a digital leader in times of Covid-19
2. Towards post-Covid-19: Lessons Learned and Challenges for Hospital Leaders


One of the best ways to honor the sacrifices made in the fight against COVID-19 is to learn, improve and transform our healthcare institutions and system to be safer, stronger and better for our patients, staff and local communities.


The IHF Beyond COVID-19 Taskforce has published a new report offering insights into how hospitals can embrace new ways of delivering healthcare, whilst responding to the evolving coronavirus pandemic: ‘Building the ‘New Normal’: Harnessing transformative practices from the COVID-19 pandemic’.


Acting as a radical disruptor to the ‘normal’ way of doing things, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated transformations within healthcare at an unprecedented pace. Never have hospitals and healthcare organisations been forced to change so radically in such a short period of time. We have seen critical care services being run virtually using digital technologies; organisations rapidly up-skilling staff and mobilising volunteer carers at scale; the breaking-down of workplace silos to ensure patients receive integrated care; creative architectural solutions to manage flows of people in and out of hospitals as part of infection control.

Read more: Building the New Normal: Harnessing Transformative Practices from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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