Issue briefs

The Hub issue briefs are a concise overview of a specific area of research.

  • Tuesday 25 June 2013

    IB 12 Strengthening the use of national health accounts for policy analysis in the Pacific

    In June 2011, a meeting of 22 Pacific health ministers identified health financing, including the production and use of NHA data, as one of 10 top health policy priorities. At present, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji produce NHA accounts regularly, without external assistance. Other Pacific countries that have registered interest in developing NHA include the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and Palau.


  • Monday 27 May 2013

    IB11 Lessons learned from Thailand’s universal health care scheme: Institutional and organisational arrangements

    Thailand is well known as a middle-income country that has made remarkable progress in establishing universal health coverage. A process of development that began in the 1960s has in recent years culminated in institutional arrangements that provide the Thai population with affordable access to health services (up to 98% of the population covered by 2002). This Issues Brief describes the institutional and organizational arrangements of the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) managed by the National Health Security Office (NHSO). The UCS now covers three-quarters of the population, including the large informal sector. The UCS together with the Civil Servants Medical Benefit Scheme (CSMBS) and the Social Security Scheme (SSS)


  • Tuesday 14 May 2013

    IB 10 Analysing regulatory systems in mixed public-private health systems: A new assessment tool and its application in India

    Health systems in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the Asia-Pacific region can be characterised as mixed public-private systems, with common features such as blurred boundaries between public and private sectors, low government investment in public services and ineffectual policies and institutions for regulating health care


  • Tuesday 14 May 2013

    IB 9 Using the concepts of governance and stewardship to strengthen regulation of mixed health systems in LMIC

    In recent years, the health systems in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have become more complex, more decentralised and more difficult to regulate. These trends, increasingly witnessed across the Asia-Pacific region, create new challenges for governments in the stewardship and governance of their health systems.


  • Tuesday 09 April 2013

    IB 8 The Struggle for UHC in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    Despite a vast network of health facilities and one of the region’s highest densities of medical personnel, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continues to suffer from one of the most overwhelmed and poorly funded health systems in the world. Decades of political isolation, economic stagnation, droughts and famines and a chronic conflict situation have exerted a heavy toll on the functioning of the country’s public health services.


  • Monday 08 April 2013

    IB 7 Working towards Universal Coverage in Myanmar

    With the growing relaxation of political conditions in Myanmar, many communities—some for the first time—can look forward to the prospect of free, life-saving primary health care. After two decades of very low public spending on health, the challenges for universal coverage remain enormous. Many remote populations are entirely cut off from health services; rates of tuberculosis, malaria and maternal and child mortality are among the highest in Asia;


  • Wednesday 19 December 2012

    IB 6 Self-help groups and maternal health

    What is the relationship between self-help groups and levels of knowledge and maternal health practices in rural India?


  • Monday 23 July 2012

    IB 4 Demand-side financing for maternal health care: the state of knowledge on design and impact

    Evidence suggests that poor women in developing countries often do not have adequate access to maternal health services.


  • Thursday 01 December 2011

    IB 3 Studying preferences in health service delivery – the use of Discrete Choice Experiments

    Policy-makers need data on preferences of health service providers and clients to build stronger health systems. How can discrete choice experiments be used to collect this data?


  • Saturday 01 May 2010

    IB 2 The evolution of primary health care in Fiji

    What factors contributed to the weakening of primary health care in Fiji after its initial strong presence in the health agenda until the late 1980s and how can this trend be reversed?


  • Monday 01 March 2010

    IB 1 Sector wide approaches for health in the Pacific

    Sector-wide approaches to health are common, but their success varies according to the socio-political context in which they are implemented. How successful has this approach been in Samoa and the Solomon Islands?