Joel Buenaventura

Dr Joel Buenaventura

Chief Health Program Officer
Institution: Migrant Health Unit - Department of Health
Current Insitution Location: Philippines

Phone Number: 632-651-7800 local 1352
Website: Go to website

G/F Bldg 3 San Lazaro Compound Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I am currently the Chief Health Program Officer of the Migrant Health Unit of the Department of Health (DOH) - Philippines. I am the program manager of the Philippine Migrant Health Program, which was an offshoot of the collaboration between the DOH and the IOM-Philippines started officially in April 2013. We have conducted the joint DOH-IOM project on the Situational Analysis and Stakeholder Mapping of Migration and Health in the Philippines, which led to the crafting and approval of the Philippines' National Policy on the Health of Migrants and Overseas Filipinos in March 2016. We have organized the Philippine Migrant Health Network, which is a multi-sectoral collaborative body on migration and health in the country involving other government agencies, non-government and civil society organizations, academe and the private sector. Internally, at the DOH, we are convening the Intra-Agency Task Force on Migrant Health. Together with IOM-Sri Lanka, we have collaborated on the Multi-Country Study on Migrant Health Assessments. Recently, we have signed another policy on the Integrated Policy and Guidelines on the Inter-Agency Medical Repatriation Assistance Program of the Philippine Government. We are currently doing another study, with the assistance from the World Health Organization Philippines, on Mapping the Current Existing Health Services for Migrants and Overseas Filipinos. As the Program Manager, we are coordinating all issues and concern regarding migrant health for the Department, from issues on the regulation of the medical facilities for overseas workers to medical repatriation and concerns on public health emergencies of international concern to the proposal to field health attaches to areas with high concentration of Filipinos.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Internally displaced persons (Children, Adults)

International/Cross-Border Migration
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Seafarers (Adults)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Global health diplomacy
Health diplomacy/ international relations
Health policy
Health systems research
Immigration health examinations
Labour migration and health
Public Health

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Situational Analysis and Stakeholder Mapping of Migration and Health in the Philippines 2014 Asia and the PacificPhilippines Co-Investigator Documented various health issues faced by migrants which vary across the migration cycle in both source and destination countries; there exist various migrant health services and programs but there is no focal office tackling issues of migration and health
Rapid Assessment of Migrant Health Assessment Services in the Philippines 2015 Asia and the PacificPhilippines Collaborator Well defined standards and guidelines in conducting migrant health assessments for seafarers, but not for land based workers; great disconnect between the local and international policies and the actual implementation
Health Profile and Health Care Access of Overseas Filipino Workers in South Korea 2016 Other Respiratory disease is the top main concern of OFWs in South Korea; Primary source of funds is out of pocket expenditure
Mapping of the Existing Health Services for Migrants and Overseas Filipinos in the Philippines 2017 Asia and the PacificPhilippines Collaborator