Hi, I'm Jaifred Christian Lopez, you can call me Jim. I am raising funds to attend the Health Technology Assessment training program on 20-23 February 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia, organized by the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), an international society dedicated to putting economic value in health care systems. This campaign seems more like an academic pursuit than a selfless cause, but please allow me to explain why I am seeking your help in raising funds to attend this event.
I am a doctor by profession, and in my short career in medicine, I found myself practicing not in the hospital setting, but in far-flung and depressed communities. As part of the Doctors to the Barrios program for two years, I served as municipal health officer in Benguet province, where I saw firsthand the difficulties in achieving health for all in the rural setting.
Moved by this experience, I resolved to become a researcher for health policy, with the aim to develop health systems with the perspective of community medicine. I joined the Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies in UP Manila, and helped develop research that catered to specific illnesses and contexts, specifically schistosomiasis, tuberculosis, exposure to noxious substances such as asbestos, and the post-disaster situation in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. I eventually joined the faculty of San Beda College Manila, where I teach medical students public health, community medicine, physiology and research methods. Also, I continue to serve in a community clinic run by the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Silang, Cavite.
I am attending the ISPOR training, not only to get the training itself, but also to gather enough knowledge to mainstream health technology assessment in our medical schools, in my home institution, in community-based health programs, and in health systems.
A part of me thinks that this is a long-shot goal, but I hope that by contributing even just a little to this campaign, you could help bring the barrio doctor perspective to the global health economics scene.
The PHP 250,000 goal will cover travel, board, lodging, per diem and course tuition expenses. Any excess from the gathered funds will be donated to the "Poor Fund" of the Canossa Health and Social Center in Bulihan, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
Please help this barrio doctor get to Colombia this February. Thank you for your kind attention.
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