Treatment and control of NCDs in Malaysia and the Philippines

Creating the building blocks for better treatment and control of non-communicable diseases among poor and vulnerable households in Malaysia and the Philippines

Dates: September 2016 – August 2020
Funder: Wellcome Trust/Newton Fund-MRC Humanities & Social Science Collaborative Award
ECOHOST staff involved: Martin McKee, Dina Balabanova, Benjamin Palafox

Description: The project will provide the knowledge needed to overcome health system barriers to optimal management of hypertension in Malaysia and the Philippines, which is now a major cause of disability and premature death despite being easily detected and treated. Yet although evidence on its clinical management is universal, to overcome the health systems barriers, especially those faced by the poor, local knowledge is needed. This, in turn, requires local capacity in health systems research and knowledge transfer. The project will use a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods to understand barriers to hypertension control faced by low-income households. We will use innovative open-source mobile technology to capture participant-generated content (audio, text, video, etc.) on their lived experience in real-time, coupled with panel surveys of households, and assessment of formal and informal providers.

Collaborators: University of the Philippines – Manila, College of Medicine and UCSI University (Malaysia)