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NECHS as part of a multi-country study

The Nueva Ecija Cardiovascular Health Study (NECHS)  is being undertaken by the UPecon Foundation, Inc. (UPecon) as part of “Inclusive social protection for chronic health problems (ISPCHP)” under the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme). The r4d programme is a joint funding initiative by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

The ISPCHP is a joint research project of a consortium of six research and academic institutions in Asia and Europe with the University of Lausanne, Switzerland as the overall coordinator. In the Philippines, UPecon Foundation, Inc., a research institution of the faculty members of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, is the consortium partner.

The key aims of the ISPCHP are:

  1. to assess the impact of chronic illness on (a) healthcare use and expenditures (across different settings); (b) work capacity and productivity (in informal economies); (c) socioeconomic outcomes (such as poverty, human capital investments etc.); (d) health and mortality (such as disease progression, disability and death)
  2. to evaluate the role of access to (existing) diagnosis and treatment programs for improving the above outcomes using (quasi-) experimental study designs a full income approach for selected conditions in the different study sites.


In addition to the UPecon Foundation, Inc. and the University of Lausanne, the other consortium members are International Institute for Population Science (India), IFMR-LEAD (INDIA), Invest in Knowledge (Malawi), International Institute for Population Science (India), and Institute for Health Policy (Sri Lanka).

Other Partners

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Chicago
  • The Alliance for Health Policy and System Research
  • Harvard University
  • P4H – the Global Network for Universal Health Coverage and Social Health Protection
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • World Health Organization
  • University of Southern California
  • Erasmus University