Call for Expression of Interest in Serving as an Internal Review Panel Member for the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) invites expressions of interest from experienced researchers in the areas of health systems and policies based in the Asia Pacific region wishing to serve as an APO Internal Review Panel (IRP) member. The IRP plays a vital role in quality control for the APO’s research products and provides input to the strategic direction of the APO’s research agenda.

For any queries, please contact the APO Secretariat at

Submissions are due 5 January, 2019.

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Resilient and People Centred Health Systems: Progress, Challenges and future directions in Asia

Despite varying nature of Asian countries and their health systems, this new comparative country study highlights future opportunities and threats that they all have in common. The central aim of this book is to build a strong and robust evidence base that can be of assistance in developing local expertise in health systems and generate innovative and effective solutions to enhance health systems in Asia. The book assesses health system performance along three elements of people-centeredness, system resilience and quality. It comprises four cross country chapters focusing on regional governance, non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases and planetary health followed by summary of the health systems from seven countries in Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and The Philippines.
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The Philippines Health System Review

This second edition of the health system review of Philippines shows the major changes that have occurred over the 7 years since the last review. Channeling of funds from sin tax to Health has shown unprecedented levels of finances are now available for UHC. PhilHealth has dramatically increased coverage of people as well as service providers that it works with from both government and non-government sectors. However major challenges remain; regional and socioeconomic disparities in the availability and accessibility of resources are prominent and there is a need to improve regulation of service providers. Philippines HiT reports on the current health system reforms undertaken including challenges of incorporating primary health care as in the overall health architecture of the country.
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What is APO?

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) is a collaborative partnership of interested governments, international agencies, foundations, and researchers that promotes evidence-informed health system policy regionally and in all countries in the Asia Pacific region.

The APO:

  • Collaboratively identifies priority health system issues across the Asia Pacific region;
  • Develops and synthesizes relevant research to support and inform countries’ evidence-based policy development; and
  • Builds country and regional health systems research and evidence-informed policy capacity.

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