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Project Launch in the Philippines

date: 20 October 2016

location: Illustrado Restaurant

time: 4.00pm (local)

The University of the Philippines Manila (the Philippines), together with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom) and UCSI University (Malaysia), launched RESPOND [the Responsive and Equitable Health System-Partnership on Non-communicable Diseases], the International Research Project sponsored by the Newton Fund - Wellcome Trust and MRC Humanities & Social Science Collaborative Award, in the Philippines on the 20th October 2016.


This collaborative research project will produce the knowledge necessary to overcome health system barriers, and to establish optimal management of hypertension among poor and vulnerable households in the Philippines and Malaysia. 

RESPOND launch has been introduced by:

  • Prof Carmencina David-Padilla, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila

  • Prof Antonio Dans, Professor at the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines Manila

  • Prof Martin McKee, Medical Director and Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The invitees who attended RESPOND launch had the opportunity to discuss present issues that are critical to improving access and adherence to hypertension care for the low-income communities, and existing initiatives to address these. These feedbacks have contributed to the final design of the research project. Invitees had also the opportunity to meet the RESPOND team and networked with stakeholders from multiple sectors engaged in the control of non-communicable disease in the Philippines.

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