Human Resource for Health Distribution and Policy Impacts of the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) Program: A Formative Evaluation

The Doctors to the Barrios Program (DTTB) program was developed based on a study by the DOH in 1992 that showed that 271 municipalities had been without a doctor for at least five (5) years. These communities were often the hard to-reach and economically underdeveloped areas. The DOH’s response to this problem was the Doctors to the Barrios Program, initiated in 1993 by then DOH Secretary Juan M. Flavier. The DTTB Program involves the deployment of competent, dedicated doctors as Rural Health Physicians to municipalities without doctors. The Program envisions all municipalities in the Philippines, “including those which are geographically difficult to reach, economically backward and beset with armed conflict, to have provision of continuous, accessible and quality health care” . After 20 years of program implementation, another formative evaluation of the DTTB program would provide the evidence and information on the effects of the program as HRH deployment initiative to address the maldistribution of needed health personnel specially in the disadvantaged and isolated areas of the country . Formative evaluation can be conducted more than once to foster improvement and development of a program The results of the study would also help characterize the transition of the Doctors to the Barrios Program following the transitions in the devolution of health services and health sector reform initiatives of the government culminating in the current Universal Health Care/Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (UHC/KP) thrust of the Aquino Health Agenda (AHA). A formative evaluation of the program is proposed since the program is still being implemented and revised.



Project Director: 

Dennis B. Batangan, MD, MSc.

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Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

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