In the Spotlight
Over the last ten years, the quality of life for inhabitants of the Marshall Islands’ Ebeye atoll was greatly improved thanks to a comprehensive health and infrastructure project supported by ADB.
Nearly 5 million people in Asia and the Pacific are living with HIV/AIDS, growing by the hundreds every day. Can the region halt and reverse its spread by 2015?
Countries around Asia and the Pacific were stung by the impacts of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and avian flu. They have been working together for years to prepare for the next outbreak.
Health is a human right and is essential to development. Good health improves learning capacity, worker productivity, and income. ADB is committed to improving health in Asia and the Pacific by supporting better governance and spending, infrastructure development, and regional collaboration to control communicable diseases.
ADB is focusing on its core areas of expertise in order to better support programs directed at improving overall health in Asia and the Pacific. The emphasis will shift from stand-alone projects to improving the health impact of infrastructure operations, economic governance and public expenditure, regional public goods, partnerships, and knowledge management.
75%percentage of deaths in the Pacific due to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease
36millionestimated number of malaria cases in the Asia and Pacific region, causing 49,000 deaths
5millionnumber of people who live with HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific