EU. PHL launch 36M euro Health Support Programme Phase II.

Ambassador Alistair MacDonald of the European Union to the Philippines and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo launched the second phase Policy Support Programme II at DFA, Manila.

Ambassador MacDonald was pleased to announce the forthcoming implementation of the second phase of the Health Sector Policy Support Programme (HSPSP).

MacDonald said that the programme is a reaffirmation of the European Union’s commitments to continue to the improvement of the health status of the country’s poor, underserved and disadvantaged populations through a more effective and equitable health system, and at the same time contribute to the attainment of health-related MDGs, particularly MDG’s 4 and 5 with regard to maternal and child health.

HSPSP II is a continuation of the ongoing EU support to the health sector implementation, known as the HSPSP, implemented by the DOH, which is due to be completed in December 2010. The second phase of HSPSP aims to ensure continuous and strategic implementation of the reform agenda, building on the lessons learnt and the gains and the momentum created during the implementation of the HSPSP. Further it seeks to address the weaknesses of the current health system, more specifically for the poor who rely on public facilities for both curative and preventive services.

HSPSP II will be implemented through the modality of Sector Budget Support (SBS), combined with a policy dialogue around the objectives supported by the programme. The European Union will provide a maximum of 36 million euro (or PhP 2.12 billion) grant funding to the operation phase of the prgramme, which will run for a period of 48 months. Programme implementation will be the responsibility of the Department of Health in coordination with key relevant stakeholders, in particular the provincial and municipal governments, which are pespnsible for the delivery of basic health services. Jhun Dantes

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