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Comprehensive health data across Asia-Pacific region available for first time

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2985
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    A publication from the World Health Organization provides, for the first time, a comprehensive insight into health matters in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The 600 page book, Health in Asia and the Pacific, published on 11 December and jointly produced by WHO’s South East Asia and Western Pacific regional offices, covers 48 countries and areas that between them account for 53% of the world’s population, 3.45 billion people.

    Divided into three sections on health determinants, the regional health situation, and the development of health systems, the book gives governments and health specialists unprecedented access to the data they need to tackle the healthcare gap between rich and poor, which continues to afflict almost every country in …

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