Strengthening primary health care for the prevention and management of cardiometabolic disease in low- and middle- income countries

Primary health care is a critical component in the fight against NCDs, especially cardiometabolic diseases which represent the largest disease burden among NCDs. PHC can enable the provision of long-term, people-centered care, which is sustainable, accessible and affordable. PHC also allows an opportunity to undertake activities for the prevention of CMDs through a life-course approach from the prenatal period to an older age. In most LMICs the number of PHC facilities are inadequate, and existing ones often lack adequate resources and capacity to provide accessible and affordable quality care for patients with CMDs. This policy brief presents findings from China, Kenya, Nepal and Viet Nam to provide insight and policy options to strengthen PHC services for the prevention and management of CMDs in LMICs.

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ASEAN mutual recognition arrangements for doctors, dentists and nurses

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) is pleased to announce the publication of a policy brief on the ASEAN mutual recognition arrangements (MRA) for doctors, dentists and nurses.

The MRA aims to facilitate the flow of foreign professionals, taking into account relevant domestic regulations and market demand conditions. This policy brief presents insights from the literature on the application of MRAs for health workers in the ASEAN region, and uses two country case studies to provide more concrete learnings from the current implementation of the ASEAN MRAs. It presents recommendations to strengthen evidence and data on health workers, as well as promote standards and mechanisms to enhance health worker mobility within ASEAN Member States.
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Strategies to strengthen referral from primary care to secondary care in low- and middle-income countries

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is pleased to announce publication of a new policy brief on strategies to strengthen referral from primary care to secondary care in low- and -middle-income countries.

The Policy Brief, produced by the Nossal Institute for Global Health in University of Melbourne, identifies policy options, strategies and approaches that policy makers should focus on in order to strengthen the mechanisms for integrating services between Primary and Secondary care
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What is APO?

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) is a collaborative partnership of interested governments, international agencies, foundations, and researchers that promotes evidence-informed health system policy regionally and in all countries in the Asia Pacific region.

The APO:

  • Collaboratively identifies priority health system issues across the Asia Pacific region;
  • Develops and synthesizes relevant research to support and inform countries’ evidence-based policy development; and
  • Builds country and regional health systems research and evidence-informed policy capacity.

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