• Women wait with their children in a maternity center in Dhaka.

    Progress made, and more to come on women’s urban health in Bangladesh

    By Nasheeba Selim on Monday, 20 July 2015

    Increased access to health care has dramatically improved maternal health in cities across Bangladesh. The progress, however, cannot yet lead to contentment.  

  • Diarrhea patients in a hospital in Dhaka.

    Urban health – from Bangladesh to India

    By Inez Mikkelsen-Lopez on Monday, 06 July 2015

    The 12th International Conference on Urban Health was held last month for the first time in a developing country, something remarkable given that almost all urban population growth in our lifetime is predicted to take place in developing countries.

  • An ADB-supported health clinic in Mongolia.

    ADB’s new vision for health in 2015-2020: Why, what, and how

    By Susann Roth on Friday, 05 June 2015

    Here are a few highlights from ADB’s new Operational Plan for Health 2015-2020 launched today.

  • The author attended this year’s EAHF Annual Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

    What we can learn from Africa on public-private dialogue in health

    By Susann Roth on Thursday, 28 May 2015

    Many African and Asian countries face similar health care challenges. More than half of the people in Africa go to the mostly unregulated private health care sector to get diagnosed and treated, and they pay out-of pocket. The same is true for Asia and the Pacific.

  • An ADB-supported health clinic in the Marshall Islands.

    World Health Day: Where developing Asia stands on the health MDGs

    By ADB Blog Team on Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    As we approach the deadline for the Millenium Development Goals, how has developing Asia performed so far on achieving the MDGs related to health? Here are a few highlights based on ADB’s latest data.

  • A woman buys drugs from a pharmacy in Sri Lanka.

    Is the medicine you take effective and safe?

    By Susann Roth on Friday, 27 March 2015

    Low-quality antibiotics—combined with over-prescription and poor compliance by patients—have led to antimicrobial resistance worldwide, one of the biggest public health threats in human history.

  • UK health workers train to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo by Simon Davis/DFID

    What we’ve learned from Ebola

    By Susann Roth on Tuesday, 10 March 2015

    Ebola was a wake-up call for countries and the wider international aid community that have not invested enough in strengthening health systems. The outbreak has shown that we need to improve the way we manage outbreak responses, and that more needs to be done to prepare us for pandemics.

  • Pantawid Pamilya: Money for nothing?

    By Karin Schelzig on Thursday, 19 February 2015

    More than 4.4 million poor Filipino families receive regular cash grants from the government to help them make ends meet.  But they aren’t getting money for nothing—there is a catch: families only get the cash if their children go to school and get regular health check-ups, and if the parents go to family development sessions every month. 

  • Why AIDS funding stands at a crossroads in Asia and Pacific

    By Susann Roth on Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    The Asia Pacific region has scored many successes in its march to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in a number of countries, starting with Thailand, Cambodia, and India. But the region still faces serious challenges with other countries like Pakistan, Philippines, and Indonesia reporting rising epidemic levels. Initial successes in scaling up treatment and prevention programs have left some political leaders and policymakers complacent.

  • What can we learn from eradication of smallpox?

    By Susann Roth on Monday, 02 February 2015

    The eradication of smallpox has been a great public health success over the last 30 or 40 years or so. Smallpox was responsible for 300 million–500 million deaths during the 20th century.

  • Why Asia and Pacific needs youth policies

    By Anna Oposa on Monday, 12 January 2015

    Based on Plan International’s 2012 World Atlas of Youth Policies, fewer than half of the countries in Asia and the Pacific have youth-specific policies. Other countries have integrated youth in their constitutions or sector-specific policies, such as on education, health, and drug prevention. Do we really need to prioritize and direct limited resources to a certain demographic defined only by age?

  • Ten steps toward achieving universal health coverage

    By Susann Roth on Friday, 19 December 2014

    When ADB recently hosted a conference on using information and communication technology (ICT) in universal health coverage, it was vital not to miss the opportunity to pin down practical steps that participants could commit to taking in their own workplace. The conference culminated in the iCTen Steps: practical next steps with both quick wins and some longer-term goals that can be adapted to specific country settings, regardless of where they are on the road to universal health coverage.

  • ICT helping countries move toward universal health coverage

    By Susann Roth, Jane Parry on Friday, 12 December 2014

    ICT can bridge the gap between existing health systems and universal health coverage, but it’s a complex process and every country has its own challenges.

  • Launching Protect the Goal campaign

    Move away from HIV and AIDS? Not quite yet!

    By Susann Roth, Patricia Moser, Jane Parry on Monday, 01 December 2014

    As we mark today World AIDS Day, we can reflect that there is so much more that remains to be done on combating HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Photo courtesy of AFP

    Ebola: The weakest link jeopardizes everyone

    By Eduardo P. Banzon on Thursday, 20 November 2014

    More than a year ago, I was in Liberia as part of a team looking into its health system and health financing reforms. The country was still recovering from long years of civil strife. But Liberia was eager to be one of a growing number of countries which were aspiring to and pursuing universal health coverage (UHC). 

  • Yolanda response shows power of the virtual citizen

    By Suzanne Nazal on Monday, 10 November 2014

    A year ago this last weekend, Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the Philippines, the strongest tropical cyclone in recorded history. You may have heard about this tragedy via traditional media but it is likely you heard more about it through social media.

  • Window of opportunity still open on climate action

    By Preety Bhandari on Wednesday, 05 November 2014

    A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. 

  • We are all advocates

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Thursday, 30 October 2014

    About twenty years ago I was working for a well-known nongovernment organization (NGO), campaigning on many issues from access to affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, to advocating for fair trade for small farmers.  When asked what I did I explained about my advocacy for social justice.  “Oh so, you’re promoting communism?” was the response.

  • Is Asia ready for Social Impact Bonds?

    By Thiam Hee Ng on Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    Raising finance for projects which are socially important but have little appeal to hard-nosed investors has been a major challenge for governments and donor agencies in the past. But now a new instrument has been developed which offers a fresh way forward—Social Impact Bonds. 

  • Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 20 October 2014

    The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections.