UNICEF Philippines, in cooperation with
, embarked on an initiative which aims to
leverage the use of Information and Communication Technologies to
achieve better health outcomes among women and children in
geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the country’s
provinces and municipalities.
The initiative is dubbed as rCHITS
which stands for ‘Real-time Monitoring of Key Maternal and Child
Health Indicators through the use of the Community Health Information
Tracking System’. It is a computerization project aimed at
achieving a more effective and efficient system of managing health
information on children and women living in disadvantaged areas.
Globe Telecom donated Php one million (USD 24,000) as support to
According to Tomoo Hozumi, Country
Representative of UNICEF Philippines, the donated money will go
towards expanding the rCHITS program to reach more provinces in the
“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
He added that the project was
originally conceived as a tool in support of community based injury
prevention, but evolved to what is known today as rCHITS through the
collaborative efforts of the University of the Philippines National
Telehealth Center, UNICEF and Globe.
The multi-stakeholder cooperation moved
towards developing a system specifically designed to monitor and
obtain key maternal and child health indicators in selected
municipalities towards the achievement of Millennium Development
Goals four and five, which is reduction of child mortality and
improvement of maternal health.