The Myanmar HiT reports of positive indications that, along with the changes in the country’s political system and administrative structures following the 2010 national elections, the new government is undertaking important reforms in the health sector. Along with the need to further improve health equity among its population, Myanmar has to overcome supply side limitations of the past, and effectively manage incoming challenges.
The APO launched 2 Fellowship Programs — Developing Asia Health Policy Fellowship and the APO Fellowship — in 2013 to foster quality health system and policy research on the Asia Pacific region, and to develop the capacity of national from the Asia Pacific region to conduct quality health system and policy research.
While Pham Ngoc Minh, PhD, is the recipient of Developing Asia Health Policy Fellowship, Aliya Naheed, PhD, Divya Nair, PhD, and Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, PhD, have been awarded the APO Fellowship. Dr Phan Ngoc will start at Stanford in October 2014.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea, joined the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) as a member on 10 July 2014.
The APO officially welcomed Korea, represented by Dr. Yoon Seok-jun, Executive Director, Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (HIRA) Health Institute, at its Board Meeting held on 12 and 13 July 2014 at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila. With Korea’s entry, membership on the APO’s Board has expanded to 11 members.
- Lao PDR HiT: The Lao PDR HiT reports on impressive health gains over the past 3 decades due to strong political commitment ...
- New Zealand HiT: New Zealand continues to have a predominantly tax-funded health system, providing universal coverage ...
- Mongolia HiT: The Mongolian government has been committed to ensuring sustainable funding to the health sector ...
- Malaysia HiT: Impressive population-wide health gains with a low-cost health care system.
- Philippines HiT: Implementation of health system reforms has been challenged by the fragmentation of services.
- Fiji HiT: Health system and policies must adapt to cope with increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases.