Prince Claus Inaugural Lecture by Stella Luz A. Quimbo


From: 21 May 2012 16:00

Till: 21 May 2012 18:00


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Prince Claus Chairholder Stella Quimbo delivered her Inaugural Lecture.

'Science bridges policy reforms and children's health: lessons from a policy experiment in the Philippines'

A lecture about health policy reforms in the Philippines.

Download the Inaugural lecture PCC Stella Quimbo

In her lecture, Stella Quimbo considers why such common diseases as pneumonia and diarrhoea are still among the leading causes of mortality of young Filipino children despite the fact that the technology to prevent and cure these illnesses is widely available.

Her research looks at the possible reasons for this:

  • the inability of poor people to pay for health care;
  • information barriers preventing parents from seeking care in a timely manner; and
  • insufficient incentives to health care providers to provide clinically appropriate care.

Stella Quimbo suggests that the solution may be found in social health insurance as a policy platform for the needed changes in behaviour.

 Photos of the lecture and reception


Video of the inaugural lecture

About the Prince Claus Chair

The Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity was established by Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in early 2003 in honour of Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926-2002).

The objective of the Chair is to continue the work of Prince Claus (1926-2002) in development and equity by establishing a rotating Chair.

For more information about the Chair, current and past chairholders go to the website of the Prince Claus Chair

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Publication date: 17 November 2011