Philippines: Hiyang Is Beautiful... Essential Drugs Monitor No. 004 (1987)
(1987; 1 page)


Western medicines have become a significant part of self-care in the Philippines. This dependence on pharmaceuticals has challenged the Urban Community-Based Health Programmes (CBHPs), which is aimed at promoting simple home remedies, and various rational drug programmes in the country. Dr. Anita Hardon began a study in 1988 on the use of modern pharmaceuticals in self-care in two poor communities in the Philippines. She collaborated with Health Action International, the CBHPs, and several NGOs for the project, tentatively scheduled to take two years. Dr. Hardon’s research team conducted interviews with the “care-takers” of families with pre-school aged children in one area with CBHPs and one area without CBHPs. The “care-taker” is the member of each family responsible for determining what drugs should be taken and if a doctor should be consulted. The “care-takers” were asked to fill out health calendars. After analysis by the research team, the results were discussed with the “care-takers”. Dr. Hadron produced three fact sheets following the first round of data collection; the first sheet focused on estrogen/progesterone drugs, the second focused on the treatment of skin infections, and the third focused on the use of analgesics and antipyretics. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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