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What UHC is, what it is not

At least 400 million people have no access to essential health services, and 40% of the world’s population lack social protection, resulting in financial...

Universal Health Care 2030

OVER the next 13 years, countries will be in a race to end all forms of poverty by halting inequalities and ensuring that no...

Universal Health Care: a vision and long-term thinking

A NUMBER of important global issues took center stage during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. These...

The promise of the R&D pipeline

GROWING scientific knowledge and the rapidly increasing pace of technological advances are ushering in an era of endless possibilities for the prevention, treatment, and...

Demonstrating potential new medicine safety and efficacy

THE QUALITY, safety, and efficacy of medicines are primary to the drug discovery and development process. When a candidate medicine demonstrates promising results, its...

The value of clinical trials

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro Padilla IT IS ESTIMATED that the annual spending of the biopharmaceutical sector in research and development is 5.5 times higher than the defense...

Developing new medicines

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro Padilla THOUSANDS of potential new treatments offer the hope of closing the gap of unmet medical needs to save lives and improve the...

Health in the G20 agenda

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla The Group of 20 (G20) economies, representing more than four-fifths of gross world product and two-thirds of the world’s population, concluded...

Rethinking the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (Second of two parts) Each year, about 700,000 people die due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). While the number is considered low compared...

Antimicrobial resistance

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (First of two parts) THE GROUP of 20 (G20), composed of the top powerful nations, is meeting early this month to again...

Preventing common illnesses in temporary shelters

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla EVEN AS clashes continue, the government is now training its sights on the early recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi more than...

A different kind of freedom

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (Second of two parts) A SIGNATURE drive launched on Independence Day continues to gain ground with the hope of attaining a...

A different kind of freedom

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (First of two parts) For the first time since the siege of Marawi City three weeks ago, the national flag was raised...

First, do no harm

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla THE Latin phrase “Primum non nocere” is often translated as “first, do no harm.” It is similar to the text in...

Education and Health

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla In a few days’ time, about 25 million Filipino students are expected to troop back to school. Education is so important...

Making health care accessible

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla KOFI ANNAN, then United Nations Secretary-General and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, once said that “the biggest enemy of health...

Health for Juan and Juana

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla THE “Healthy Asia Pacific 2020” Roadmap called on APEC economies to develop sustainable and high performing health systems by adopting or...

The shift to primary health care

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla ALMOST 10 years ago, the global health community made a resounding call to revitalize a declaration which required all health systems...

Working towards universal health care

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla AMBISYON NATIN 2040, representing the collective long-term vision of the Filipino people, emphasizes the significant role of health in the country’s...

The shift to primary health care

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla ALMOST 10 years ago, the global health community made a resounding call to revitalize a declaration which required all health systems to...

Working towards universal health care

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla AMBISYON NATIN 2040, representing the collective long-term vision of the Filipino people, emphasizes the significant role of health in the country’s...

Health for Juan and Juana

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor A LANDMARK event is scheduled for May 4 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association...

Guard yourselves against heatstroke

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor I’m sure many of you are wondering about this heat that seems to be getting worse every day. While we can...

It is National Hemophilia Day on April 17

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor WORLD HEMOPHILIA DAY is celebrated worldwide every April 17 including here in the Philippines. The event is usually led by the...

Are Filipinas getting the mental health care they need?

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor IN HONOR of International Women’s Month, which just ended, we continue our story on particular health issues plaguing women today....

HIV/AIDS and women in the Philippines

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor IT IS ALARMING how quickly the numbers of HIV/AIDS cases have risen in just the past few years here...

News about breast and cervical cancer

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor MARCH is still International Women’s Month and to continue our discussion on health issues plaguing women today, we’d like to focus...

Top women’s health issues you need to know about

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor March is traditionally celebrated as International Women’s Month. And since half the world’s population are women, it’s timely and...

Do you have a sleep disorder?

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor IT IS EASY enough to know that when you don’t sleep enough, you wake up the next day groggy and maybe...

Rare Disease Day marked this month

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor RARE DISEASE DAY is celebrated all throughout the world on the last day of February. The Philippines has been...

What is the Zika virus and should we be worried?

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor THERE HAS been a lot of talk about the Zika virus and its outbreak in Latin America lately, with...

Longer paid maternity leave almost a reality for Pinoy mothers

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor THE bill to increase maternity leave from 60 days to 100 days was approved on its third and final reading...

Deworming 16 million Filipino children

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor THIS MONTH, the Department of Health (DoH) is expected to give free deworming medication to an estimated 16 million Filipino...

New Year’s health resolutions

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor I wish you a belated happy new year in this, my first column for 2016. May you enjoy good...

Dealing with firecrackers, injuries and tetanus

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor THE AUTHOR wishes all the readers a happy holiday season and is sad and perplexed that during these festivities,...

Hepatitis in the Philippines

MEDICINE CABINET REINER W. GLOOR EXPERTS and officials from the Department of Health (DoH), the National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) in...

Citizens must take part in fight against fake medicines

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor VARIOUS PHILIPPINE health, medical, and pharmaceutical groups, both in the public and private sectors, are working together to safeguard the country’s...

‘Biosocial’ approach must go with biomedical tack to control TB

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor CONTROLLING and managing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) more effectively in a country such as the Philippines may require new strategies...

Potential health hazards of ‘smaze’

Medicine Cabinet -- Reiner W. Gloor The haze from the burning Indonesian forests reached parts of Mindanao and the Visayas region a couple a weeks...

The benefits of newborn screening

MEDICINE CABINET REINER W. GLOOR NEWBORN screening (NBS) is very important and as such Presidential Proclamation No. 540 designates the first week of October of every...

Keeping the elderly healthy, active

Medicine Cabinet Reiner W. Gloor ROUGHLY 7% of the population — about 7 million Filipinos — are above the age of 60, says the Department of...