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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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Tuberculosis

One of the most widespread infectious diseases in Asia and the Pacific is tuberculosis. About 5.2 million new cases occurred in the region in 2010, and tuberculosis claimed the lives of 630 000 people, more than all other infectious diseases combined (WHO, 2011d). In addition, many cases are undetected and untreated. Over 60% of the world’s burden of tuberculosis (around 7.5 million prevalent cases) is found in the region.

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