Investing in Regional Health Security for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: Managing Health Threats Through Regional and Intersectoral Cooperation

Publication | August 2018

Health security is a regional public good, regional cooperation is essential to protect it.

Emerging infectious diseases and the risk of transmission in the constant movement of people, animals, and goods make health security a priority issue in Asia and the Pacific. The region is paying more attention to strengthening health security through technical and political collaboration at multiple levels. With support from ADB, developing member countries have been building up their health systems to better respond to health security threats. This paper discusses the magnitude and implications of health threats in the region. It provides an overview of global initiatives and discusses the important role that ADB can play in strengthening regional cooperation and national health systems.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: What is Health Security?
  • Threats to Health Security in Asia and the Pacific
  • Drivers of Health Security Threats in Asia and the Pacific
  • International and Regional Global Health Security Initiatives
  • ADB Support to Regional Health Security
  • New ADB Projects with Health Security Component
  • Next Steps in Asia and the Pacific: Investing in Regional Health Security

Additional Details

  • Health
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • 22
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS189504-2

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