Independent State of Papua New Guinea Health System Review

This is the first health system review of Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The HiT, highlights the major challenges that the country faces to achieve SDG heath targets by 2030. Although there has been improvement in overall health outcomes, compared to the country’s Pacific neighbors, the current levels are below average. Under the decentralization, it is the local-level governments that have the primary responsibility for most of the funding and delivery of provincial- and lower-level health-care services. The final chapters of the HiT assess steps taken to overcome these challenges, considering government’s main policy priorities of tackling human resources for health and infrastructural needs, particularly at the primary care level in rural and remote locations.
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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 12 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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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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