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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2012

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This second edition of Health at a Glance Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health care expenditure and financing and health care quality across 27 Asia/Pacific countries and economies.  

Drawing on a wide range of data sources, it builds on the format used in previous editions of Health at a Glance, and gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries and economies.

Each of the indicators is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic context in which health systems operate.

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Low birthweight

Low birthweight is the result of many factors. In countries where mothers face difficult socioeconomic conditions, poor nutrition and health during pregnancy are closely associated with low birthweight. Occurring from either restricted foetal growth or from pre-term birth, low birthweight infants have a greater risk of poor health or death, need a longer time in hospital after birth and are more likely to develop disabilities (UNICEF and WHO, 2004).

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