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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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This third 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. It is a joint OECD and WHO/WPRO and WHO/SEARO publication.

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Maternal mortality

Pregnancy and childbearing offer women opportunities for personal development and fulfilment. But in different countries and to varying extents, they also have inherent risks. Maternal mortality – the death of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth, or in the weeks after delivery – is an important indicator of a woman’s health and status. The United Nations set a MDG target of reducing maternal mortality ratios (MMR) by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015 and achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

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