Attraction and Retention of Rural Primary Health-care Workers in the Asia Pacific Region

Maldistribution of Health-care workers is a serious concern in the Asia Pacific Region, which results in poor availability of health services and negative health outcomes particularly for vulnerable populations in rural and remote areas. This policy brief provides problems and viable options to address the problems followed by recommendations, which is based on systematic literature review and 3-country case studies from Cambodia, China and Viet Nam to analyse the key interventions used in the Asia Pacific Region to attract and retain health workers in remote and rural areas.
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Japan Health System Review

The health system review of Japan notes numerous health-care success since the foundation of Universal Health Insurance System in 1961. However, ageing population with low-fertility rates, stagnating economy, increasing burden of NCDs and growing use of expensive technologies pose the challenges in service delivery and financial stability in health. Japan HiT reports current health system reforms undertaken and also recent debate on paradigm shift to the new system as proposed in Japan Vision: Health Care 2035.
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Improving the quality of care in the public health system in Bangladesh: building on new evidence and current policy levers

New APO HiT Policy Note on "Improving the quality of care in the public health system in Bangladesh" reviews the current policy framework on improving quality of care in the country and provides recommendations and potential policy opportunities in the evolving landscape of health policy in Bangladesh.
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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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