Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan

Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan

Senior Universal Health Coverage Specialist (Service Delivery)
Sectors Group (SG)

Vasoontara Sbirakos Yiengprugsawan is a Senior Universal Health Coverage Specialist (Service Delivery) with the ADB Health Sector Group. She is focusing on economic and health assessments as well as lessons learnt from COVID-19, supporting health promotion initiatives, and health systems strengthening related projects. Vas has extensive experience working on lifecourse risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, equity in health services, and strengthening primary health care in developing Asia.

Prior to ADB, she held a World Health Organization’s Fellowship with the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, senior research positions on ageing and health (Australian National University, ANU and University of New South Wales), an Endeavour Fellowship at University College London, and worked in policy research with a UN Migration Agency, Geneva. Vas was awarded a PhD in Epidemiology from ANU, MA in International Relations from Syracuse University USA, and BA in Economics from Thammasat University, Bangkok.


  • | Papers and Briefs | Sustainable Development Working Papers

    Adult Vaccination in Asia and the Pacific: Policies, Financial Needs, and Fiscal Impacts

    Immunization is one of the most cost-effective tools for improving health and well-being. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic illustrated the importance of having a well-functioning vaccination delivery system that can deliver vaccines to all population groups.

  • | Papers and Briefs | ADB Briefs

    Expanding Hospital Access in Rural and Remote Areas

    This brief analyzes the challenges of providing hospital services to rural and remote communities in Asia and the Pacific and suggests ways of expanding access as demographics, technology, and climate risk evolve.
  • | Papers and Briefs | ADB Briefs

    Achieving Integrated Primary Care in Asia and the Pacific

    Analyzing the hurdles to developing cost-effective integrated primary care in Asia and the Pacific, this brief sets out ways health-care providers can improve services for patients as they grapple with ageing societies and the rise of non-communicable diseases.