Unlike many dull international gatherings, the recent #MA4HealthAP conference gave participants a multitude of innovative ways to engage with their peers.
Non-communicable diseases act as key barriers to poverty alleviation and sustainable development, and we have to start with ourselves by making healthy lifestyle choices everyday.
Despite the many successes across Asia and the Pacific in reducing the incidence of malaria, the disease continues to be a heavy burden for many countries, with an estimated 2.2 billion people at risk in the region.
Here are a few highlights from ADB’s new Operational Plan for Health 2015-2020 launched today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.