Inaugural address

Inaugural Stella Quimbo

‘Science bridges policy reforms and children’s health: lessons from a policy experiment in the Philippines’

A lecture about health policy reforms in the Philippines.

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In her lecture, Stella Quimbo considers why such common diseases as pneumonia and diarrhoea are still among the leading causes of mortality of young Filipino children despite the fact that the technology to prevent and cure these illnesses is widely available.

Her research looks at the possible reasons for this:

  • the inability of poor people to pay for health care;
  • information barriers preventing parents from seeking care in a timely manner; and
  • insufficient incentives to health care providers to provide clinically appropriate care.

Stella Quimbo suggests that the solution may be found in social health insurance as a policy platform for the needed changes in behaviour.