The Department of Health is issuing this Call for Proposals for the 2021 AHEAD-HPSR specifically for the research priorities that are deemed necessary to be implemented on CY 2021 to support UHC commitments and other critical needs of this Department and the specific programs.
These priority topics are as follows: 1. Implementation of the Participatory Action Research; 2. Evidence Review of COVID-19 Health Technology Topics; 3. Evaluation of the Lifestyle-Related Disease Prevention and Control Program; 4. Evaluation of the National Objectives for Health 2017-2022 and Baseline Survey of NOH Indicators; and, 5. Process Evaluation and Implementation Review of Executive Order (EO) No. 104, “Improving Access to Healthcare through Regulation of Prices in the Retail of Drugs and Medicines”.
Meanwhile, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage proponents to account for this new reality in the design of their research proposals. Specifically, we encourage the following approaches in drafting project implementation plans especially for those requiring field work: (1)maintenance of minimum public health standards at all times (including the use of appropriate PPEs and implementation of other safety measures); (2) early consultation with Local Government Units and local health officials to assess feasibility of conducting field work in their jurisdictions; (3) tapping of local counterparts to conduct field work within their locality to minimize crossborder travel; and, (4) streamlining of team composition towards 'lean' teams.
The Call can also be accessed through this link: https://hpdpb.doh.gov.ph/research-advisories/