ADB's Work in the Health Sector

ADB is committed to improving health in Asia and the Pacific by supporting better governance and spending, improved water and sanitation systems, and regional collaboration to control communicable diseases.

ADB is focusing on its core areas of expertise to support programs that improve health in Asia and the Pacific. This includes:

  • improving the health impact of infrastructure operations
  • improving economic governance and public spending
  • partnering for regional public goods and knowledge management

ADB works closely in partnership with specialized agencies with technical expertise in health, as well as other development partners with complementary technical skills, and at the request of its developing member countries. ADB also supports projects related to private sector operations or public-private partnerships.

An Operational Plan for Improving Health Access and Outcomes Under Strategy 2020An Operational Plan for Improving Health Access and Outcomes Under Strategy 2020
Strategy 2020 sets the long-term strategic framework of the Asian Development Bank for 2008-2020. It outlines focused and effective support to improve people's health in Asia and the Pacific. The Operational Plan for Health explains where, why, how, and when ADB can best contribute to improving health in the region.

Community of practice

The Health community of practice plays a significant role in health sector development and in advocating for health in ADB operations. The community of practice aims to improve health sector performance by:

  • creating a strong community of health planners and practitioners
  • stimulating and facilitating relevant knowledge management products
  • improving sharing and learning of know-how and practices
  • monitoring sector-related issues and performance
  • providing strategic advice to ADB

ADB strives to maintain a critical mass of professional health expertise and to allocate adequate resources for regional technical assistance for health policy analysis and advice.