Policy Briefs

This section provides a list of policy briefs based on the latest infectious disease studies by RITM researchers.

These policy briefs are concise summaries of analysis of current tropical and infectious disease data, along with recommendations directed at government policymakers. Each document contains a description of the recommended policy with evidences of the nature of the problem. This follows potential barriers, recommended plan and implementation strategies, and ultimately, the impact and benefits of taking these health policies into action.

Nudging towards vaccination
Nudging towards vaccination
‘Nudging’, defined as altering the environmental context in which a decision is made or a certain behavior is enacted, has shown promising results in several health promotion strategies. Read on to learn how the nudging technique can increase vaccine...

Revitalizing the IMCI Program
Revitalizing the IMCI Program
The Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) is a global strategy to reduce morbidity, mortality, disability and promote growth and development of infants and children under five years old.  The Philippines implemented IMCI in 1996. Read more to learn how the...

Strengthening Surveillance of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TB)
Strengthening Surveillance of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TB)
The 2018 Philippine Tuberculosis (TB) Drug Resistance Survey is the latest among a series of periodic nationwide surveillance activities spearheaded by the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL). These surveys aim to measure the prevalence of drug-resistance in bacteriologically confirmed cases....

Dog Population and Vaccination: Finding the Right Ratio to Achieve Rabies-Free Philippines
Dog Population and Vaccination: Finding the Right Ratio to Achieve Rabies-Free Philippines
Dogs transmit 99% of cases of recorded human rabies deaths. It is estimated that 59,000 human deaths occur annually worldwide due to rabies. The annual average of deaths due to rabies in the country is 231, putting us behind in the goal...

Expanding praziquantel treatment to pregnant women in schistosomiasis-endemic areas
Expanding praziquantel treatment to pregnant women in schistosomiasis-endemic areas
Learn how praziquantel can help treat pregnant women in schisto-endemic...

Extending treatment of multibacillary Leprosy from 12 to 24 blister packs
Extending treatment of multibacillary Leprosy from 12 to 24 blister packs
Learn how treating Leprosy with 24 blister packs can significantly reduce its relapse...

Reviving Vaccine Uptake
Reviving Vaccine Uptake
Learn more about how we can revive the vaccination uptake in the...

Investing in whole genome sequencing (WGS), a powerful modern tool, to end an age old war against tuberculosis (TB)
Investing in whole genome sequencing (WGS), a powerful modern tool, to end an age old war against tuberculosis (TB)
Learn more about how investing in whole genome sequencing (WGS) can end Tuberculosis (TB)...

Three Decades of HIV Treatment in PH
Three Decades of HIV Treatment in PH
Learn more about the changing profile and outcome of HIV and AIDS among RITM patients...