FHI 360’s engagement in the Philippines spans more than 35 years, beginning with work in the area of family planning. We later expanded our focus to include HIV/AIDS initiatives that emphasized surveillance and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. FHI 360 is currently working to strengthen services for populations most at risk for contracting the virus, specifically injecting drug users and men who have sex with men. In addition, FHI 360 programs in the Philippines support the elimination of neglected tropical diseases and tuberculosis.
In collaboration with the Department of Health of the Republic of the Philippines, FHI 360 launched a five-year program, End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Asia (END in Asia), in 2011 to reduce incidence and mortality related to neglected tropical diseases. As part of the program, we provide technical expertise to strengthen health promotion materials, train service providers, improve logistics for supplies and enhance monitoring and evaluation systems.
FHI 360 also provides targeted technical assistance and operations research for laboratory strengthening, the improvement of diagnostic capacity and the identification and appropriate management of regular and drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). The Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT) project aims to improve TB case detection and increase cure rates by strengthening supply and demand for services and by building the capacity of national, regional and local health offices to deliver services.