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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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Providing Primary Health Care Services in Urban Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh's Second Urban Primary Health Care Project, supported by ADB, DFID, Sida and UNFPA, provides increased access to primary health care services with a focus on women and children in urban areas.

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Other Health Issues in Asia and the Pacific

Health is a human right and is essential to development. Good health improves learning, worker productivity, and income. As such, health contributes to economic growth.

Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases

Infectious disease affects many aspects of society. The prevention and control of HIV and other communicable diseases requires countries and development agencies to work together.

Pandemics and Emerging Diseases

Pandemics and Emerging Diseases

An influenza pandemic in Asia and the Pacific would put the health of millions at risk and have serious economic consequences. According to ADB research, it could lower Asia's growth rate to zero and reduce the global trade of goods and services by 14%.

Strengthening Health Systems and Services

Strengthening Health Systems and Services

Financing of health care is a major - and growing - policy challenge for many countries in Asia. Although Asia has been the fastest-growing and most dynamic region in the world for decades, many governments in Asia spend less than $10 per person per year on health care.