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Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., MD, MTM&H

Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr. is the current Dean and Centre Director of the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila. In the past, he has served as the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Executive Director of the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila (UPM-NIH) and is currently Professor and University Scientist III. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Global Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Belizario is a medical doctor with training and expertise in tropical medicine and public health. He served briefly as Regional Focal Point for Neglected Tropical Diseases in the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office. He has also served as Adviser in regional and international health affairs. He was a member of the Research Strengthening Group (RSG) of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR) and later, a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of WHO-TDR. He currently serves in the Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis Advisory Committee, Task Force for Global Health (USA) as member, and the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia and Western Pacific as vice-Chair and country representative.

His scientific work has been shared in local and international journals, and these have mostly been on malaria and neglected tropical diseases or infectious diseases of poverty, specifically in the areas of epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention, which have served as basis for development of global and national policy and improvement of practice. His research team in UP Manila, the Neglected Tropical Diseases Study Group, spearheads the War on Worms Campaign in support of the Integrated Helminth Control Program of the Department of Health in the Philippines.



  • Belizario VY, Destura R, Gabunada RR, Petronio-Santos JA, dela Tonga A, Amarillo ML, de Veyra C . Evaluation of fecal and serological tests for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis in selected near-elimination and endemic areas in the Philippines. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2018); 49 (2); 198-207
  • Lim MD, Brooker SJ, Belizario VY, Gay-Andrieu F, Gilleard J, Levecke B, Lieshout LV, Medley GF, Mekonne Z, Mirams G, Njenga SM, Odiere MR, Rudge JW, Stuyver L, Vercruysse J, Vlaminck J, Walson JL, Annecy STH diagnostic experts group. Diagnostic tools for soil-transmitted helminths control and elimination programs: A pathway for diagnostic product development. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases . (2018); 12 (3); e0006213
  • Palmeirim MS, Hürlimann E, Knopp S, Speich B, Belizario VY, Joseph SA, Vaillant M, Olliaro P, Keiser J. Efficacy and safety of co-administered ivermectin plus albendazole for treating soil-transmitted helminths: A systematic review, meta-analysis and individual patient data analysis. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases . (2018); 12(4); e0006458
  • Chernoff, E, Silverstein G, Veldkamp P, Chang J, Belizario VY, delos Trinos JPC . Soil Transmitted Helminth Infection and Factors Affecting Preventive Chemotherapy for School-Age Children in Capiz and Iloilo Provinces Post-Typhoon Haiyan. Annals of Global Health. (2017); 82 (1); 14
  • Belizario VY, delos Trinos JPC, Silawan B, De Veyra C, Hornido A, Amoguis H, Basalo D, Dema-ala C, Mantilla I, Layan R. The use of geographic information system as a tool for schistosomiasis surveillance in the province of Davao del Norte, the Philippines. Geospatial Health. (2017); 12 (2);
  • Belizario, VY, Jorge, MC, Ng, JV, Mistica, MS, Lam, HY, Rivera, LJJ, Anino, MRC, Delos Trinos, JPCR. A Model for Integrating Paragonimiasis Surveillance and Control of Tuberculosis Control Program. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2016); 47 (4); 625-638
  • Belizario VY, Bungay AA, Sia Su G, de Veyra C, and Lacuna JD. Assessment of three schistosomiasis endemic areas using Kato-katz technique and ELISA antigen and antibody tests. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2016); 47 (4); 638-650
  • Belizario VY, Ng JV, Amarillo MLE, delos Trinos JP, Reyes MR, and Fudalan O. High burden of soil-transmitted helminthiases in preschool-age children in Masbate: a decade of implementation of the integrated helminth control program in the Philippines. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. (2016); 47 (4); 667-679
  • Thaenkham U, Phuphisut O, Nuamtanong S, Yoonuan T, Sa-Nguankiat S, Vonghachack Y, Belizario VY, Dung DT, Dekumyoy P, and Waikagul J. Genetic differences among Haplorchis taichui populations in Indochina revealed by mitochondrial COX1 sequences. Journal of Helminthology. (2016); ;
  • Belizario VY, delos Trinos JP, Garcia NB, and Reyes MR . Cutaneous manifestations of selected parasitic infections in Western Pacific and Southeast Asian Regions. Current Infectious Disease Reports. (2016); 18; 30
  • Belizario VY, Totañes FIG, Lumampao YC, Naig JA. Improving Current Helminth Control Strategies: Lessons from a Baseline Prevalence Survey of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections in Adolescent Females and Pregnant Women in Selected Local Government Units in the Philippines. . (2015); ;
  • Belizario VY, Totanes FIG, Martinez RM, de Leon WU, Far ML. Schistosomiasis and other Intestinal Helminthiasis Among Preschool Children in Agusan del Sur, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. (2015); 44 (1); 4-13
  • Tiangha GH, Anosa EA, Pagalan P, Carbonilla E, Perez CP, Belizario VY. Soil-transmitted Helminth and Schistosome Infectious in Indigenous People in Selected Communities in Agusan del Sur: Implications for Policy and Action. Philippine Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. (2015); 44 (1); 14-22
  • Belizario VY, Totanes FIG, Sarmiento RR, de Leon WU, Ciro RN. Monitoring School-Based Control of Intestinal Helminthiasis in Selected School Districts in Cavite Province, Philippines.. Philippine Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. (2015); 44 (1); 23-32
  • Belizario VY, Marfori JR, Chua PL, Naig JR, Erfe JM . School-based combined mass drug administration for soil-transmitted helminthiases and schistosomiasis among school-age children: lessons from two co endemic areas in the Philippines. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease. (2015); 5 (5); 358-362
  • Belizario VY, Erfe JM, Naig JRA, Chua PLC . Evidence of increasing risk of schistosomiasis among school-age children in the Municipality of Calatrava, Province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine. (2015); 8 (5); 373-377
  • Belizario VY, Liwanag HJC, Naig JRA, Chua PLC, Madamba MI, Dahildahil RO . Parasitological and nutritional status of school-age and preschool-age children in four villages in Southern Leyte, Philippines: Lessons for monitoring the outcome of Community-Led Total Sanitation. Acta Tropica. (2015); 141; 16-24