The Kalinga para sa Kalusugan ng Komunidad or Project K3 is an initiative of PDRF and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Programme that aims to strengthen the health care capacities of local government units, health care institutions, and local communities across the country to address COVID-19 immediate and future needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already infected over 7 million people and killed more than 400,000 people around the world with the number still increasing every day. As the virus spreads, the Philippine health system is ill-equipped to deal with the need to reduce the transmission and promote outbreak control.
Aligning with the System Building Blocks framework of the World Health Organization, Project K3 will focus on three of the six system blocks: (1) Service Delivery, (2) Health Workforce, and (3) Health Information System.
Project K3 is collaborating with key international and local health organizations to target service delivery, health workforce, and health information systems gaps by:
- Training a total of 10,000 health system stakeholders across the Philippines;
- Developing e-learning courses and publications for healthcare workers, health facilities, and LGUs; and
- Creating an online resource mapping tracker that will help partner LGUs plan and respond better to COVID-19.
The team has begun conducting a baseline assessment and initial coordination with the target areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to facilitate course development and IEC production. The project is targeted to be fully-implemented by the first quarter of 2021.