Globe to donate P1M for Unicef?s mother-newborn health program

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A corporate social responsibility partner of Unicef since September 2011, Globe Telecom through Unicef and partners, embarked on the rCHITS initiative, which stands for ?Real-time Monitoring of Key Maternal and Child Health Indicators through the use of the Community Health Information Tracking System?. rCHITS is a computerization project aimed at achieving a more effective and efficient system of managing health information on children and women, particularly those living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. ?The funding support from Globe will go towards expanding the rCHITS program to reach more provinces in the coming year. Through this program, we are able to gather and consolidate real-time data on mother and child health indicators and help the local government make informed and well-planned decisions on health issues in their provinces,? said Tomoo Hozumi, country representative of Unicef Philippines. Originally conceived as an advocacy tool in support of community-based injury prevention, the project evolved into a computer-based system targeted primarily at serving community health centers. In 2011, rCHITS expanded through the collaboration of Unicef, University of the Philippines National Telehealth Center (NThC) and Globe to develop a system specifically designed to monitor and obtain key maternal and child health indicators in selected municipalities towards achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which is reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health. ]]>

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