The ASCENT project in the Philippines
The Philippines is one of the five countries where the ASCENT project is implemented. Over 90 health care facilities in the Bulacan Province, Pampanga Province and the National Capital Region are participating in the project. Patients and health care workers will make use of digital adherence technologies to support the former upon taking their daily TB medication at home, at work, or any venue of their choice. The first patients will be enrolled in 2020.
The Philippines has a population of 107 million people and is one of the 30 high TB burden countries in the world, as listed by the World Health Organization (WHO Global Tuberculosis Report,2019). In 2018, an estimated 591,000 people suffered from TB in the Philippines, giving a TB incidence rate of 554 per 100,000 population. An estimated 18,000 people suffered from multidrug-resistant TB. The WHO estimates 27,000 people died of TB in the Philippines.
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ASCENT Philippines prepares Department of Health IT specialists as digital adherence technology administrators for 2023
The training aimed to equip selected staff to take on the role of DAT administrator after the ASCENT project phases out in December 2022.
Dr. Andre Daniel E. Villanueva shared with the teams from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) network around the world the value of digital adherence technology (DAT).
ASCENT Philippines urged the health facilities in Bulacan province implementing digital adherence technology to continue offering DAT, even beyond the research phase of the project.
ASCENT Philippines and other development partners joined the Department of Health Central Luzon Center for Health Development to celebrate the National Tuberculosis Day on 19 August 2022.