Disease Surveillance and Monitoring in the Philippines: Building resilience through mobile and digital technologies
As large-scale disease outbreaks are becoming more likely with urbanisation, global mobility and climate change, strengthening disease surveillance and monitoring (DSM) systems is critical to mitigate risks to people’s health and related economic impacts. The Philippines, like many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, frequently face disease outbreaks and public health emergencies. It was one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and with some of the longest lockdowns in the world.
This report evaluates the gaps in DSM systems in the Philippines and identifies examples and best practices of digital interventions, leveraged in both low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and more advanced economies. The report also highlights enablers for digital inclusion in the country and provides specific recommendations for key stakeholders, including government agencies, MNOs, innovators and donor organisations.