About ACCESS Health

ACCESS Health International is a not for profit organization with offices in South Asia (India, Bangladesh), Latin America (Brazil), South East Asia (Singapore, the Philippines), and the United States (Washington, DC). Our work encompasses Implementation Research, Knowledge Transfer and Implementation of initiatives and programs designed to create greater access to high quality affordable health care. More »

Center for Health Governance

ACCESS Health International-Philippines works with national and local partners to convert national health policy into local action on a large scale through its Center for Health Governance using technology-enabled tools for rapid feedback, knowledge management systems and forging partnerships for new organizing for health More »

Center for Health Innovations

The Center for Health Innovations is the first healthcare innovations network in the country. The center provides a collaborative platform for different players in the health market to improve the knowledge flow in the health ecosystem and promote innovative, quality and affordable healthcare solutions. More »


SI Camp


ACCESS Health International and DOST-Cebu Technology Business Incubator are excited to bring SICamp for Health Innovations by Pinoy in Cebu. On October 18-20, 2013 we’re bringing people who understand technology together with people who understand a social problem to build technology-based solutions for better healthcare.

Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs and Innovators for Maternal Health

Despite remarkable strides in funding health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  over the last couple of years, the achievements are uneven and still far from the Philippine targets for 2015. According to the latest Family Health Survey for 2011 (FHS, 2011) published by the National Statistics office and the Department of Health (DOH), some 220 women die for every 100,000 live births in the Philippines, compared with 110 in Thailand, 62 in Malaysia and 14 in Singapore. This has made MDG 4 on Maternal Health  the MDG least likely to be achieved by 2015.

The Philippines’ Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) rose by 35 percent to 221 out of 100,000 live births in 2011 up from 162 in 2009 (FHIS, 2010). This was considered alarming by the DOH given its target of 52 out of 100,000 live births by 2015. The current population growth rate (PGR) of 2.04 percent means 1.8 million Filipinos are born every year. The current fertility rate of 3.1 percent is one child more than the desired/ideal number of offspring for each household. The level of unmet need for family planning among poor women in 2011 is 25.8 percent, much higher compared to the 16.6 percent average among non-poor females in the same year. In terms of the proportion of births attended by Skilled Birth Personnel, some 72.2 percent per child births were attended by a professional.

JLN Webinar for December 2012: Benefit Design to Promote High-Quality Coverage

Outpatient benefits are a key component of a high-quality health care system, but expanding benefits can be a challenging and costly step for any purchaser or insurance scheme. Please join the Quality Track and Expanding Coverage Track of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage  (JLN) for a webinar on Benefit Design to Promote High-Quality Coverage on Thursday, December 6, 2012, 8:00pm (Philippine Standard Time) to discuss the challenges, advantages and considerations of health care purchasers in designing benefit packages to include outpatient care. We will learn from the experiences of JLN organizations, including the RSBY scheme of India.

 Webinar Registration Instructions:

ACCESS Health and Partners Hold First TeleGeriatric Nursing Training

ACCESS Health International-Philippines (AHI) and its partners from the Dr. Stephen Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM-ZCABT), ClickMedix and Home Health Care conducted last the first Telegeriatric Nursing Training  on October 15-17, 2012 at the Global Distance Learning Center of AIM. The training was attended by Registered Nurses and faculty from nursing schools. Dr. Pura Angela Wee,  associate director of AIM-ZCABT welcomed guests and participants to the training while Ms. Melissa Pedrena, a Senior eHealth Nurse from National Telehealth Center, shared her Keynote message before the start of the training proper.

Scaling Up Health Innovations by Pinoys

The HIP TechBootCamp (HIP TBC) Scaling-Up Consultation Session held last October 20, 2012 at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub in Diliman, Quezon City turned out to be a great success.

What started with the introductions by Ms. Rhia Ramirez of Ayala Foundation was followed by Dr. Elmer Soriano’s quick Philippine health situationer update. The event was also graced with the presence of Dr. Bien Nillos of Zuellig Family Foundation who talked about Ten Ways Technologies Can Help Rural Health Systems. Dr. Bien gave his insights on how health technologies can help change health seeking behaviour, how it can make monitoring easier, and how it can make communities participative, amongst others.

The Philippine Telegeriatric Pilot Project: How did it Start?

Access Health Philippines promotes innovations for the healthcare delivery system so that “all people wherever they are, have access to quality and affordable healthcare”. In partnership with the Dr. Stephen Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM-ZCABT), a Telemedicine Project was formed with an ultimate goal of filling the gaps of widening problems in health access and shortage in the number of health specialists.

Elderly in the Philippines comprises 6.8% of the total population (NSCB, 2010), which means 1 out of 5 households have senior citizens. Older people have special needs and challenges in accessing healthcare services. The physical and cognitive disabilities limit their capacity to travel and access healthcare. They need specialist care providers for the aged. With the lack of access or difficulty to access health care, distance medication can be of great help to this sector of the society. This brought the telemedicine team to propose a start up project for the elderly population which is known as the “Telegeria”.

Philippine Telehealth Business Ecosystem Roadmap

“Pilotitis” is one humorous term used to describe the telehealth and mobile-health space where hundreds of small pilots have been done, with very few having made the leap from the lab or pilot to commercial scale-up.

It could be because in telehealth, getting clinical information from Point A to Point B is the easier part of a telehealth pilot. Doing telehealth in a small town doesn’t always mean the market will catch on and scale up dramatically just like how Generics Pharmacy scaled up to 1,400 locations in just a few years. Scale-up becomes viable when efficiencies are demonstrated and somebody is willing to pay extra or change the workflow to accomodate the new telehealth process.

Manila Health Innovation Corridor

A six kilometer stretch starting from the University of Santo Tomas on the north and and Dela Salle University Taft Avenue on the south is one of the most knowledge-intensive swaths of real estate in the Philippines. This stretch includes the Department of Health, World Health Organization, the UP National Institutes of Health,  three medical schools (UST, PLM, and UP-PGH), the Philippine Business for Social Progress (doing a lot of tuberculosis research) around 5 hospitals and 40 universities and colleges.  

Webinar: Emergency Preparedness and Response by Elderly Aug.12, 2012

Emergency Preparedness and Response by the Elderly in the Philippines

Friday, August 10, 2012

3:00pm to 4:00 pm

 Resource Person:

Mr. Francis Kupang

Executive Director

Coalition of Services of the Elderly

This webinar was organized to begin a conversation on the state of  special groups such as the elderly in times of disaster. Volunteers, nurses, other health personnel, and RN HEALS nurses are encouraged to participate.

Ayala Foundation/ACCESS Health International-Philippines invited Mr. Kupang to talk about their experience in caring with and for the elderly during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 with the hope of applying the lessons they learned in preparing our communities to care for the elderly in times of disaster.

Cellphone-enabled Maternal Insurance Claims and Adjudication process

If we could only the Philippines could achieve universal maternal care just like we achieved universal mobile phone access!

The Philippines reportedly has 80% of the population, or 72 million out of the country’s 98 million population who use mobile phones. For most users, they pay for their own subscription by purchasing phone load (top up) cards or paying thru some banks, online, or customer centers. Phone bills for some are paid for by employers.

But to actually use the service, several components have to be in place: 1) they have to have handsets and sim cards; 2) they have to be within range of a cellsite; 3) and they have to be able to purchase phone credits to replenish their load in case they run out. The mobile carriers have developed really extensive networks to get these services and products to cover 80-90% of the population.

We have over 2 million childbirths every year, and from the universal health care standpoint, we want all 100% of those births to be delivered in safe, Philhealth-accredited facilities, and paid for through PhilHealth’s P8,000 maternal benefit.