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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.


In line with its vision, the Institute of Primary Health Care commits itself to build and replicate people-led Sustainable Integrated Community Health & Development communities.


To mainstream the Sustainable Integrated Community Health Development SICHaD) processes in order to promote community-managed health, democratic barangay and municipal governance livelihood enhancement.

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

To advocate primary health care, together with other units of DMSF, among DMSF students and partner agencies.

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