Council for Health and Development
Council for Health and Development (CHD) is the national organization of non-government community-based health programs (CBHPs) in the Philippines. Members are institutions and individuals who support community based health care and are now active in CHD programs. It is a non-stock, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This organization was established way back 1973 when some pilot programs started to experiment with new approaches to health care. At the end of the 1970's, the CBHPS were mushrooming all over the Philippines through the efforts of religious and non-sectarian groups. The need arose to unite these scattered efforts in one national organization. It was in July 1989, the first general assembly of CBHP's was held. From then on, CHD represents the CBHPs at the national level, facilitates exchange of experiences, and assists CBHPs in many ways.
CHDs center for coordination and resources is the NATIONAL SECRETARIAT. Its task are Threefold.
Asistance to CBHP work
The National Secretariat provides reading materials, education and training materials to member programs; facilitates financials support; facilitates bulk buying of essential medicines for the programs; conduct training and hold consultations and evaluation meetings with the member-programs.
The National Secretariat also draws the attention and support of health professionals and institutions to the CBHPs. It tries to motivate health students and professionals to put their skills and knowledge to the service of the people who needs this most.
The National Secretariat propagates the CBHPs and their alternative approach to health care . they also projects the issues that effects the people's health.
- CHD Council for Health Development (accessed on August 7, 2007)