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New ILO standard sets the floor for social protection

Perhaps the most significant global social policy development in 2012 was approval of the International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendation on creation of social protection floors. Approved in June, the recommendation calls on the ILO’s 185 members to ensure that everyone in need has access to essential health care and basic income security.

Bart Édes

ADB-funded Woman and Child Health Development Project helped this blood center  in Tashkent City, Uzbekistan upgrade its equipment and facilities.

Re-examining ADB’s future role in the health sector

ADB is currently reviewing its role in the health sector. Strategy 2020 proposes 80% investment in core sectors, and 20% in other sectors including agriculture, and health and social protection as non-core sectors. But investments in health have been declining in the past few years, and based on new Country Partnership Strategies, will decline further in coming years. ADB has now reached a point where it struggles to sustain a critical staff capacity in the health sector. 

Moving towards healthy life expectancy in Post 2015

The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) program was a big success. It kept social development alive amidst a rush for infrastructure and growth. The United Nations is now spearheading a massive movement to define new goals up to 2040, with equity and sustainability as the central themes.  

The effects of food prices on population health in developing countries

Global food prices remain high and volatile since the peak during the global food crisis of 2008, exacerbating hunger and malnutrition around the world. High and increasing food prices can be an immediate threat to household food security, undermining population health, retarding human development, and lowering labor productivity for the economy in the long term.

Cyn-Young Park

H7N9: The threat and opportunity

In the last weeks a new strain of a bird flu virus was observed for the first time in humans in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The virus, which has been traced to a reassortment of genes from wild birds in East Asia and chickens in East PRC, poses many urgent questions and raises global public health concerns about an expanding outbreak.

Susann Roth

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