Researchers from the University of San Agustin Iloilo, University of the Philippines and National Center for Mental Health have collaborated on numerous projects to help in the local and national COVID-19 response.
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Dr. Rene Abesamis, a Marine Protected Area (MPA) specialist from the Silliman University began conducting trainings on a simplified method of monitoring and analysis of MPAs. This method utilizes the MPA-FishMApp, a data collection and visualization tool developed out of a collaboration between CFI and Dr. Abesamis.
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Dr. Romulo de Castro delivered his exit report for his Balik Scientist medium-term stint as the director of the Center for Informatics. He emphasized his collaborative work with multiple organizations and many other scientists and researchers. Specific focus was given to his work on COVID-19.
Dominic Karl Bolinas, MD-PhD student in UP Manila and volunteer at the CFI, investigated the different data channels used by the DOH to disseminate COVID-19 information and found dissimilarities.
CFI collaborates with its research partners (UP Diliman, the National Center for Mental Health, UP Manila and UP Visayas) to offer free epidemiological modeling services to LGUs using existing methods (FluSurge, Hill) and the newly-created ASQ (Age Stratified SEIR with Quarantine).
Disparities in Healthcare Delivery in Western Visayas during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The lack of an efficient healthcare delivery system has always been an issue in the Philippines. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare delivery in Western Visayas was discussed in this manuscript. This analysis was submitted as a commissioned paper to the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
A Recommendation for COVID-19 Testing in Low Resource Countries Sample pooling can save in the number of tests to be performed when resources (for testing) are scarce, and has been used to track pathogen spread early in an epidemic.
New Publication on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases Data Commons in the Philippines
CVD and diabetes risk scoring research is particularly limited in the Philippines due to challenges related to costs, gaps in policies, and stakeholder involvement. A possible theoretical framework for the analysis and utilization of data sets as well as recommendations and research directions were discussed in this manuscript.
Link to the article: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40471-020-00232-7
Covid-19 has recently hampered operations at the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). This requires immediate action in reporting, contact tracing and monitoring cases. The CFI immediately helped to develop and deploy a tool to assist the NCMH in tracking the disease among its staff and within their grounds.
We used two methods to model the disease burden against healthcare capacity in the region (Panay + Guimaras) as well as in the province (Iloilo). Release from a 30-day quarantine may cause a surge in Covid-19 infections which will quickly overwhelm our healthcare capacity. Additional actions and preparations are recommended to augment our effective healthcare capacity in terms of hospital beds and available healthcare workers, alongside enhanced testing, contact tracing, monitoring etc.
Panay and Guimaras COVID-19 Disease Burden Analysis
Iloilo Province COVID-19 Disease Burden Projection