Integrating Treatment Services for Severe Acute Malnutrition into the National Health System

In the Republic of the Philippines - Progress Review

Highlights

Integrating treatment services for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) into national health systems is critical for programmes to scale up and ensure that all children in need have access to the services. For integration to work, governments must lead the process.

The Philippines is an example of a country that has made considerable progress over the last ten years. This report documents the progress in integrating treatment services for SAM into the Philippines' national health system. The report also describes the challenges and lessons learned in the integration process and provides recommendations for strengthening the quality of services.

The Philippines Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) programme was launched in 2011. PIMAM services have been scaled up in a phased approach to cover all 81 provinces of the country. Other notable achievements in the integration process include embedding PIMAM in national laws and guidelines, and increased resource allocation for PIMAM, which has resulted in PIMAM supplies being fully funded by the government. PIMAM indicators have also been adopted and integrated into the national health information system.

The Philippines' experience provides important insights and lessons that could be helpful for other countries in East Asia and the Pacific region, where mainstreaming treatment services for SAM into routine health systems is underway.

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UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific
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