The Next Generation One Health Philippines (NGOHP), a flagship program of the Planetary and Global Health Program (PGHP) of the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine – William H. Quasha Memorial (SLMCCM-WHQM) and supported by the International Alliance Against Health Risks in Wildlife Trade, participated in the 14th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Conference. The conference was held last April 14-16, 2023 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC, USA.
CUGH is one of the world’s largest consortia of academic institutions and partner organizations addressing global health challenges, with over 185 academic institutional members – which includes SLMCCM-WHQM – and a network of 34,000 global health practitioners around the world.
NGOHP is a fellowship program that aims to enhance the domestic capacity of the Philippines for One Health transdisciplinary research and knowledge translation to effectively tackle wildlife trade and biodiversity loss as drivers of infectious disease emergence. During the conference, the NGOHP project was presented as a poster under the subtheme on Planetary Health, One Health, Environmental Health, Climate Change, Biodiversity Crisis, Pollution.
Dr. Renzo Guinto, NGOHP Project Director and PGHP Director, represented NGOHP at the 2023 CUGH Global Health Conference.
The St. Luke’s PGHP also presented a poster on another related project entitled “Rapid Multi-Method Assessment of the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Wet Market Biosecurity and Food Security in the Philippines,” which focused on the pandemic’s effect on low-income consumers and small-scale producers, as well as the need for stronger biosecurity measures in wet markets within the country.
In addition to this, the St. Luke’s PGHP also received the CUGH-Velji Planetary Health Innovation Award for its efforts in strengthening the field of Planetary Health in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. More information about the award can be read here.
The St. Luke’s PGHP was recognized for its efforts in strengthening Planetary Health in the Philippines with the inaugural CUGH-Velji Planetary Health Award.