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Good health boosts learning, worker productivity, and income. ADB is committed to improving health in Asia and the Pacific by supporting better governance, more water and sanitation infrastructure, and regional collaboration.

Maternal and Child Health

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The health of mothers and children has improved, aided partly by an ADB project that has reduced newborn deaths in poor areas. Photo: Asanakunov Kanat Djaparovich/ADB

Government spending on mothers, infants, and children is an investment with major social and economic returns. Households with healthier and better nourished mothers and children spend less on healthcare. It is also an investment in fairness, equity, and social inclusiveness.

Every year, 9.2 million children in the world die before their fifth birthday, as do more than half a million pregnant women. Asia and the Pacific account for more than 41% of under-five deaths in the world, more than 44% of maternal deaths, and more than 56% of newborn deaths. About 60% of stunted children live in Asia and the Pacific, and two-thirds of babies born with low birth weights are from the region.

Key document: Investing in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: The Case for Asia and the Pacific

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