Physician and social science researcher from Xavier University Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (XU-RIMCU) Maria Teresa Sharon Linog, MD will be presenting a study at the 7th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2022) to be held October 31 – November 4, 2022 in Bogota, Colombia.

Dr. Linog, who once served as a Resident Physician under the Department of OB-GYN of Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) will deliver a research paper entitled “Determinants in the Willingness to Pay for Safe Birth Delivery – A Look at the Informal Sector in an Urban Setting in Southern Philippines.” The study is co-authored by Dr. Mary Ann Ratag, Associate Dean of the College of Medicine of Xavier University and Training Officer of  MRXUH.

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The study aimed to assess if the Maternity and Child Care Program (MCCP) of MRXUH is on track with its mission of giving preferential option for the poor and underprivileged mothers to avail of safe and quality health care in birth delivery and to determine the factors influencing women’s willingness to pay the cost of safe delivery health services.

“We hope that through this research, we can contribute to the improvement of our country’s maternal health. Despite significant policy strides, maternal mortality remains a challenge in the Philippines as 51 mothers die for every 100,000 live births base on 2015 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data,” Dr. Linog stressed. “We hope to contribute to strengthening MRXUH’s MCCP for it to become more effective in its mission of making healthcare services accessible to Filipino women especially those in the marginalized sectors.”

HSR2022 is expected to gather around 2,000 health systems researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from around the globe. With the theme ‘Health Systems Performance in the Political Agenda: Sharing lessons for current and future global challenges’, the symposium will discuss significant challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to health systems around the world, and the best practices developed to address these problems.


The event is organized by Health Systems Global, an international organization dedicated to promoting health policy and systems research (HPSR) and knowledge generation. Founded on 26 October 2012 with an interim Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark, HSG now has more than 2,000 members in over 125 countries. HSG has organized a symposium every two years to bring together its members to discuss approaches to strengthen health systems research, share recent research findings, and review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research.

Dr. Linog had presented during the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in November 2010 at Montreux, Switzerland with a research study entitled “Mental Health of Children in Conflict and Natural Disaster Situations: It’s Implication to Scaling up of Health Services.”

courtesy of Jun Pasaylo

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