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Institute of Primary Health Care or IPHC is a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1978 in Davao City as the community service arm of the Davao Medical School Foundation with the aim of promoting primary health care primarily through the training mobilization of volunteer health workers (then known as Health Trustees or Katiwala).

In 1981, IPHC realized that poor health would continue unless its causes—e.g., low income, landlessness, low farm production, lack of alternative credit sources—were addressed.Given this insight, the institute evolved into a multi-issue NGO and stood firm on its definition of health as not only the absence of disease but also as a state where there is sustainable livelihood economic prosperity, moral integrity, gender equity and ecological balance. Thus, in over two decades, the institute has worked in more than 300 villages in Regions XI, XII, Caraga and ARMM to implement various projects.These programs projects range from community health organizing and the installation of alternative health care financing schemes to agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture and reforestation, to social credit for People’s Organizations micro-financing among the enterprising poor, to gender reproductive health and advocacy for FP health, to cooperative-organizing institutional development of ARBO’s, to facilitating participatory governance increasing CSO participation in it.

IPHC is now a member of several development networks including PhilDHRRA, MINCODE, PNGOC, TAN, WAND, Barangay Good Governance Network, CSCCSD, and many local development councils.


We, the members of the Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. voluntarily commit ourselves to:

Provide humanistic and holistic services through excellence in instruction, research, patient and community health care;

Develop a culture of trust, honesty
and cooperation;


Develop a community of competent, committed, and caring persons;

Nurture compassionate, ethically, and socially accountable graduates.


To advocate Primary Health Care with other units of DMSFI;

To establish gender sensitive & environment-friendly People’s Organizations capable of responding to issues affecting their health or community welfare and managing projects that address this;

To provide a venue for the students, faculty, and members of the DMSFI community to implement innovative, relevant, and acceptable service-learning activities with partner communities;

To establish an efficient and effective Human Resource Management System;

To ensure continuity of IPHC operations.