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How to Address the Health Needs of Developing Asia

A regional approach supported by ADB promotes universal health coverage by making urban and rural health care efficient, affordable, high quality, and fully accessible to all.

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  • The Imminent Obesity Crisis in Asia and the Pacific: First Cost Estimates 

    Helble, Matthias; Francisco, Kris (Asian Development Bank Institute, 2017-06-30)
    Over the past two decades, Asia and the Pacific have not only experienced rapid growth, but in parallel saw a rapid increase in overweight people and obesity. The latest available data indicated that over 40.9% of adults in the region are overweight ...
  • Trade in Health Products: Reducing Trade Barriers for Better Health 

    Helble, Matthias; Shepherd, Benjamin (Asian Development Bank Institute, 2017-01-30)
    Trade in health products has been flourishing in recent years as the demand for better health has been growing throughout the world. At the same time, trade in health products is hampered by substantive trade barriers. In this paper, we present evidence ...