ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ±'s Focus on Health
In the Spotlight
A look inside the race to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. We speak to the people on the frontline of the global effort to deliver a vaccine in record time and explore the complex issues around distributing the life-saving drug to billions of people in Asia & the Pacific. Watch now
Policies that promote and facilitate health and overall wellness are vital for Asia and the Pacific¡¯s recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the theme chapter of the Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update released by ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ±.
Experts agree that safely restarting economies hinges on widespread COVID-19 testing. But what does that mean across countries with varying testing capacities?
ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ± has allocated a $600,000 grant from the Health System Enhancement Project to the Government of Sri Lanka to finance preventive and response efforts to fight a potential novel COVID-19 outbreak. ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ± has also approved a $3 million grant to the Philippine government and a $3 million grant to Indonesia¡¯s government to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic.?Learn more about ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ±¡¯s COVID-19 response
ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ± launched an Operational Plan for Health 2015-2020 in June 2015. The plan describes how ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ± will support developing member countries in achieving universal health coverage. Key priorities are in investing in health infrastructure, health governance and financing - all underpinned by investments in information and communications technology and public-private partnerships.
The plan provides a focused approach for addressing the health needs of ÓÐÓ¯²ÊÆ± developing member countries by leveraging loans and grants to achieve Universal Health Coverage through strategic investments in health infrastructure, health sector governance, and health financing.