ADB Briefs

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Briefs are based on papers or notes prepared by ADB staff and their resource persons. The series is designed to provide concise, nontechnical accounts of policy issues of topical interest, with a view to facilitating informed debate.


  • Portable Screening Devices for Medicine Quality: Putting Power into the Hands of Regulators in Low-Resource Settings 

    Roth, Susann; Ball, Douglas; Khetrapal, Sonalini (Asian Development Bank, 2018-10-15)
    Across Asia and the Pacific, countries are striving to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—equitable access to quality medical care without undue financial hardship—in order to meet their population’s right to health. The quality medical care ...
  • Measuring, Monitoring, and Operational Quality of Growth - Implications for the People's Republic of China 

    Jha, Shikha (Asian Development Bank, 2018-10-15)
    The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has experienced strong and robust economic performance over the past few decades (Asian Development Bank [ADB] 2016). Between 1980 and 2016, its annual growth averaged 9.7% for gross domestic product (GDP) and 8.6% ...
  • Building Complementarity and Resilience in ASEAN amid Global Trade Uncertainty 

    Asian Development Bank (Asian Development Bank, 2018-10-15)
    Growing bilateral trade tensions between the United States (US) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are a concern for members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Most ASEAN economies are open and benefit from export-led growth. ...
  • Strong Regulation of Medical Products: Cornerstone of Public Health and Regional Health Security 

    Roth, Susann; Ball, Douglas; Parry, Jane; Khetrapal, Sonalini; Reggi, Valerio (Asian Development Bank, 2018-09-30)
    National regulatory agencies (NRAs) are the gatekeepers of the supply chain of medical products such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices. It is through registration with an NRA that a manufacturer brings products to market. Post marketing surveillance ...

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