Leaders for Health Program
Country of Operation
- Department of Health PhilippinesGovernment
- The Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB)For-profit
- Pfizer Philippines FoundationFor-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe Leaders for Health Project (LHP) was a tripartite partnership that fielded volunteer doctors, who receivde pre-service training and on-service support, for a period of two years, to remote and geographically isolated and depressed municipalities, as identified by the Department of Health.
This program was a public-private partnership between the Department of Health, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB), and Pfizer Philippines Foundation involving provider training and capacity building.
Key program components
The Leaders for Health Program provided a two-pronged approach to capacitate leaders who will be involved in the local health system: (a) Training of Volunteer Doctors – LHP used innovative learning approaches involving classroom and online interactions to develop a corps of competent health professionals. Volunteers were chosen with the intention of deploying them later to remote and geographically isolated and depressed areas. Participating doctors in the LHP earned a Masters degree in Health Care Management from AGSB. In addition to the pre-service training, the doctors also received other forms of support on-site, such as the occasional retreat, various incentives, and recognition awards depending on their performance in their municipality. (b) Capacity-building for Local Health Leaders – This part of the program brought together the municipal mayor, the municipal health officer, and local community leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities for developing a comprehensive and systematic approach to address the municipality’s health problems.