The health of Filipinos has improved considerably in the past 60 years and these gains are accelerating, finds the Philippines Health in Transition (HiT) report. Dr. Alberto G. Romualdez (left), former Philippines Secretary for Health and the report’s lead author said that this first comprehensive review of the country’s health system highlights both the strengths of the Philippines health system and the challenges it faces.
Products and processes
The Observatory’s flagship product is the Health Systems in Transition (HiTs) reports series. In addition, the APO works with its Research Hubs to produce country comparative analyses and policy briefs that synthesize evidence and experience from different contexts in relation to particular policy challenges. It also hosts policy dialogue events to bring together national policy-makers and international experts to address crucial health systems and policy issues.
How we work
The Asia Pacific Observatory’s Secretariat has three Research Hubs that together with the 31 affiliated institutions across the Asia Pacific region work with national experts in health policy and systems. The APO’s Secretariat and the Research Advisory Group provide technical support and guidance. The APO’s products and initiatives promote evidence-based health policy-making in the region.
- Mongolia HiT: The Mongolian government has been committed to ensuring sustainable funding to the health sector and providing accessible and equitable quality health care to all citizens. As a result of prioritized and targeted efforts, health outcomes and indicators are improving. However, there are still problems associated with quality of care, inefficiency, implementation of reforms
- Malaysia HiT (coming soon): Impressive population-wide health gains with a low-cost health care system may be undermined by health workforce shortages.
- 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.