Performers acting out numerous best health practices as part of an awareness campaign. Photo credit: URC

Health Promotion and Communication Project (HealthPRO)

The Challenge

For 30 provinces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, provide technical support to broaden the reach and improve the quality of health communications in the Philippines.

Overview and Objectives

The Health Promotion and Communication Project (HealthPRO) was USAID’s lead vehicle for providing technical assistance in health promotion and communication to the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), local government units (LGUs), and other collaborating institutions in promoting and sustaining healthy and health-seeking behaviors related to maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition; family planning, TB, and HIV/AIDS.  For five years, HealthPRO worked closely with the DOH and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) at the central level and with 30 LGUs, 11 regional health departments, 19 NGO partners, and 405 community-based organizations at the regional, provincial, and municipal levels. Project objectives:

  • Design research-oriented, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate BCC programs and activities;
  • Develop plans to extend the reach and impact of BCC interventions, especially to remote and less-developed areas;
  • Develop, on a sustainable basis, the institutional capacity of government and nongovernmental agencies to plan and carry out high-impact behavior change communication (BCC) interventions; and
  • Assist USAID health partners and others to leverage resources, scale-up activities, and maximize their efforts in health promotion and LGU development.

Achievements

Together with national and local partners, HealthPRO:

  • Developed 25 provincial and one regional level BCC and sustainability plans by working with LGU staff to translate local data into communication plans;
  • Provided technical assistance and training to assist 19 local NGO partners implement communication interventions;
  • Assisted the DOH and LGUs in developing and implementing a marketing strategy to scale up and reposition the national child health initiative, Garantisadong Pambata, develop family planning and safe motherhood campaigns; and craft a communication and image-building campaign for the DOH of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao;
  • Trained over 4900 health service providers and population officers and over 35,000 barangay health workers in interpersonal communication and counseling;
  • In response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM), launched MSM outreach program, “SMS4MSM,” through mobile phones and communication materials in Quezon City, reaching over 32,000 MSM;
  • Trained more than 600 health professionals to craft health messages for the media, prepare inspiring stories, and handle media interviews;
  • Improved the skills of 250 local media professionals in health reporting;
  • Supported the DOH in launching Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK), a health caravan that brought family health information and services to more than 44,000 men, women, and children in hard-to-reach areas;
  • Leveraged almost $2.9 million in cash and in-kind contributions from both the private and public sectors for the reproduction of communication materials, the broadcasting of TV and radio spots, the roll-out of LBK, health classes, health events, and interpersonal communication and counseling training.

Duration
2007–2012

Countries
Philippines

Regions
Asia

Expertise
HIV/AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Nutrition, Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Social and Behavior Change, and Tuberculosis

Funders
USAID

Partners