Myanmar HiT

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.

Korea Joins APO Board

Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, joins members at the APO Board Meeting

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

Policy Brief – Private Sector

(Photo Source: WHO photo bank)

Ensuring an equitable access to primary health care services is an essential element of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Governments across the Asia Pacific region are grappling to find innovative service delivery strategies, particularly for populations in remote or rural locations. This policy brief, written by the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, discusses the evidence of purchasing primary health care services from the private sector as a means to extend coverage. It provides guidance to policy makers based upon the available literature.


The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is a unique partnership of governments, developments agencies, and the research community.

Its mission is to act as a knowledge broker between researchers and policy makers and to promote evidence-based health policy-making in the region.

It commissions comprehensive reviews of national health sectors, under the Health Systems in Transition (HiTs) reports, produces policy briefs and original analytic works on contemporary health policy issues in the region. The Observatory hosts policy dialogue events to bring together national policy-makers and international experts to address crucial health systems and policy issues.


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