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  • June 2012

    Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: Hitting the Poor Hardest

    Carola Donner-Reichle, Senior Advisor at ADB's Regional and Sustainable Development Department, speaks to about the need to mitigate the social and economic impact of climate change.
  • May 2012

    In Mongolia, Efforts Underway to Prevent HIV/AIDS

    ADB is pushing for the amendment of the AIDS law to include HIV prevention in the workplace. This will facilitate government budget allocation for HIV prevention activities to curb an impending epidemic in Mongolia.
  • February 2012

    Facts and Data about Health in the Pacific

    Good health is a prerequisite to development - healthy people help communities grow and economies prosper. Here are 12 facts about the state of health in Pacific Island countries and why they are major concerns for ADB.
  • January 2012

    Healthy Mothers and Babies in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    An ADB-supported project in Lao PDR helps keep mothers and babies safe and healthy during childbirth.
  • December 2011

    Improving Health Care Services in Papua New Guinea

    Maternal and infant mortality rates remain high in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Communicable diseases account for around 50% of mortality according to the World Health Organization. The leading causes of morbidity in the country include pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, meningitis and increasingly HIV/AIDS. To help the Government of PNG improve its rural health services, ADB has approved a loan amounting to $20 million for $81.2 million Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project.
  • November 2011

    Fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

    1. How has ADB's overall strategic direction with regards to meeting the AIDS challenge in Asia changed through the years?
  • November 2011

    The Health of Indigenous Women in the Philippines

    For Mangyans, an indigenous group living in remote and mountainous areas in Oriental Mindoro, maternal and child mortality was a pressing problem until an innovative ADB project changed their lives. Mangyan tradition calls for women to give birth at home, assisted by their husbands and untrained birth attendants - a practice that usually leads to pregnancy-related problems and complications.
  • November 2011

    Health: Asia's Double Burden

    Though home to the fastest-growing economies, Asia and the Pacific lags behind in public health care investments. This is a major cause for concern in a region where both communicable and noncommunicable diseases are on the rise.
  • August 2011

    Supporting Health Care and Helping Women and Children in Indonesia

    Rosni, 24 years old, is expecting her first child in three months time. Unlike other expectant mothers before her, Rosni does not have to rely on a traditional birth attendant or travel far for prenatal care. Instead, she had been going for her regular check-ups at a newly-constructed health post in her village, Baji Mangngai, which opened three months ago. "I like the midwives and the facility here. It is closer to my house than the health center that I used to visit," said Rosni.
  • July 2011

    Providing Health and Education During Disaster Recovery in Asia

    Research shows that quick revival of social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals can fast-track the return to normalcy, facilitate restoration of economic activities, and increase the resilience to cope with future disasters. Learn how this can be done.