USAID’s ReachHealth Project supports local governments in the Philippines in strengthening their response to COVID-19. It works closely with the Department of Health, the Department of Interior, the Department of Local Governance, and other government agencies. It also collaborates with UN agencies and the private sector. All this ensures that the government’s response is strong at all levels. The project is also designed to help strengthen local governments and their local health organizations to address the health needs of the people in their communities.
WHO the Philippines assists
The United States is supporting the Philippines’ five-point strategy to combat COVID-19 by expanding access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, and providing direct assistance to local governments. These efforts are part of a long-term development partnership between the U.S. and the Philippines.
The first step in combating the disease is to improve personal hygiene and sanitation. To improve personal hygiene, USAID has provided technical assistance to the local water district, the city’s business chambers, and public places. In addition, USAID has established handwashing facilities at bus terminals, markets, and other strategic locations.
One example of a successful collaboration between USAID and local health organizations is the creation of the online Fish Tiangge marketplace. It allows local fisherfolk to safely sell to consumers while under quarantine. The project cost $25 million, and aims to improve fish biodiversity, strengthen fish management, and increase the weight of the fish. It also enables an estimated 300,000 households in the Philippines to buy fresh fish directly from fisherfolk. The online platform has become a national supply chain, making it possible for a broader range of consumers to benefit from high quality, low-priced seafood.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting a local government initiative in the Philippines to integrate free TB screening into COVID-19 booster vaccination sites. The initiative is part of an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID has invested more than $50 million to help the Philippines tackle this disease.
Breakthrough ACTION is a social and behavior change project led by USAID that designs and implements evidence-based interventions for health and development programs. Breakthrough ACTION’s efforts to reduce childhood malnutrition focused on addressing the root causes of malnutrition. By partnering with the Department of Health and other stakeholders, Breakthrough ACTION developed a mass media campaign to encourage people to practice healthy behaviors, like eating a balanced diet and getting a physical. Breakthrough ACTION’s COVID Behaviors Dashboard was a major component of the campaign and has reached over 100 million people.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is leading the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel coronavirus that is causing the pandemic is an important public health threat. To respond to the pandemic, USAID has developed an emergency response team and has worked with countries to develop rapid response action plans to combat the disease.
What is PNP CODA’s Responsibility?
Since the first report of the virus in January 2020, the government of the Philippines has focused on implementing various measures to control the outbreak, such as travel restrictions, community interventions, and disease awareness, as well as testing to detect the virus. With the continued support of the international community, the Philippine government is making great strides in combating the disease. However, the exact role of PNPCODA in containing COVID 19 remains unclear.
To assess the effectiveness of its response, the government must collect data from different agencies. This data will help local government units determine the best course of action. The government has also increased the number of police officers on the ground and is increasingly investing in surveillance cameras. These steps will help make the local government better prepared for an eventual pandemic.
The Philippine National Police has also made efforts to address the expected problem of COVID 19 in the country. The organization, unlike local police, trains its members and is responsible for the safety and security of the people. Its headquarters is located in Quezon City. It employs over 220,000 officers and polices more than 100 million people in the country.
USAID is partnering with the Philippines to implement a comprehensive COVID-19 response strategy. Through this program, USAID is strengthening national government response capacity and engaging the private sector and civil society to sustain livelihoods and protect the food and water supply. It also supports a comprehensive strategy to reduce risk and promote community health.
The Philippines has experienced a recent outbreak of COVID-related diseases, but there are many ways to help the country recover. USAID’s support includes nearly $25 million to improve health-care delivery and infrastructure, including laboratory upgrades and access to medical supplies and equipment. It also offers technical assistance for the Philippines’ public health system, including promoting community engagement and handwashing campaigns.