In this site, the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) maps out 3,500 civil society organizations (CSOs) – NGOs, people’s organizations and cooperatives - in 80 provinces and 10 cities all over the country. The map is organized per province, indicating the profiles of CSOs covered by the study according to location and program.
This CSO map is intended to support the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)’s project called IMPACT or Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis. Funded by the USAID, this project supports the country’s National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) being implemented by the Department of Health.
The DOH has been implementing the NTP adopting the Directly-Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) strategy since 1997 in partnership with the local government units (LGUs) from the province down to the municipality/city and barangay level. However, there is need to further strengthen efforts to achieve the national target of 70% case detection rate (CDR) and 85% cure rate (CR) and attain the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of “reducing by half the mortality and prevalence in TB by 2016”.
The low performance of the majority of the provinces/cities and municipalities could be traced, to a large extent, to the poor health-seeking behavior of the target clients, which in turn, are influenced by several factors, e.g., low awareness of the TB disease and DOTS and inaccessibility of the facility (distance and cost).
Given this reality, the DOH and the LGUs have found it essential to mobilize Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to help in the TB program implementation at the community level.
CSOs can greatly contribute to advocacy, communication and social mobilization (ACSM) efforts in addressing tuberculosis in the country. They can help RHU personnel to do more proactive information campaigns, active case finding of TB symptomatic and supervised treatment of TB patients under treatment. They can advocate for political and budgetary support for TB and health-related programs with local and national government officials and even partners from private sector. Thus, this CSO map hopes to assist partners in identifying reliable CSO partners at the national and local levels, who can contribute to strengthening the demand for TB services and advocating for local and national policies to support NTP.
The following legend may be used when referring to the map of each province or city: