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.


Maternal mortality

Pregnancy and childbearing offer women opportunities for personal development and fulfilment. But in different countries and to varying extents, it also has inherent risks. Maternal mortality – the death of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth, or in the weeks after delivery – is an important indicator of woman’s health and status. It shows clearly the differences between rich and poor, rural and urban, with the vast majority of deaths occurring in resource-poor settings, and most being preventable (WHO, 2011b). Fertility and maternal mortality have strong associations with economic development and GDP.


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