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World Health Forum. 1994;15(4):348-52.

Winners show the way to good management in health care.

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  • 1Philippine-German Health and Management Information System Project, German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Manila, Philippines.


To stimulate resourcefulness in the health care services of the Philippines, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) organized a competition to discover and publicize examples of good management. The results provide a rich fund of new ideas.


In August 1990, the Health and Management Information System project of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation hosted a nationwide competition in the Philippines to discover, award, and publicize examples of good management (increased effectiveness, efficiency, and equity) in the field of health care. 102 entries were obtained from nongovernmental organizations and governmental agencies in all 12 regions of the Philippines and in 52 of the 75 provinces. Site visits were made to 70 projects, 50 were found to merit support, and 12 of these were considered outstanding. The final selection committee chose 3 projects for gold medals, 8 for silver medals, and 38 for bronze medals; accompanying monetary prizes ranged from US $1000 to $9000. Projects awarded gold medals were a voluntary diabetics' association which conducts monthly testing and training and provides support for sufferers, a drugstore cooperative run by a group of poor garbage collectors, and a network of mothers' clubs which emphasizes activities to improve self-reliance. The silver medal projects included a program to provide field experience for medical students, a series of health committees which advocate using health care as a catalyst for community empowerment in remote areas, a program offering community-development experience for students of social work, a university-based testing and development program for herbal medicines, a medical clinic for the urban poor, a radio broadcasting program on health topics, a maternal and child health care program, and a herbal medicine production and marketing program. The winning projects showed an intelligent and creative use of previously untapped human and material resources. Flyers summarizing ideas from all of the winning projects are being disseminated to spark participation in a second contest scheduled for 1994.

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