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.


Under-5 mortality

The under-5 mortality rate is another sensitive indicator of both the level of child health and the development and well-being of a population. In 1950-55, almost one quarter of all children born worldwide did not reach their fifth birthday. By 1990, this had been lowered to less than one-in-ten. As part of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations has set a target of further reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015 (United Nations, 2012a).


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