Public health

Health care policy and administration

Number of smokers in Thailand down to 10.7 million

A recent tobacco consumption study by the Ministry of Public Health, shows that the number of smokers in Thailand has decreased to 10.7 million, while around 100,000 deaths per year are attributed to coronary heart disease and stroke.  Keep reading ...

Myanmar is on the list of 15 most and least disaster-ready cities

Myanmar is ranked 42nd on the list of 171 world countries most vulnerable to natural hazards and is also on the list of 15 countries with least readiness for natural disasters, said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Keep reading ...

Health risks

Many countries in developing Asia are establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to offer an attractive investment climate for the private sector and to foster industrial and economic development outside of major cities. Across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) there are over 500 SEZs and industrial ...

SUSANN ROTH

Comparison of the health determinants of the people in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

The health of the population and the health service system are influenced by many factors, known as health determinants. []However, there is a dearth of literature on the influence of health determinants regarding the health service system and the health status of the people in the ...

Dr. Kanjanee Phanphairoj & Dr. Ritzmond Loa

Fake Pharma thrives on the Mekong

Fake pharmaceuticals are continuing to flood into clinics and hospitals across Asia despite crackdowns by global counterfeiting hubs China and India, with suppliers simply crossing the border to less-regulated Mekong countries. The issue comes to light as global leaders descend on Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific ...

Allan Boyd

Improve implementation of tobacco tax policies, ASEAN urged

ASEAN governments should do more to make their tobacco tax policies more effective, not only for health reasons but also for the budget generation.Keep reading ...

Japanese life insurers take hit from BOJ's negative rate policy

The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate policy dealt a blow to Japanese life insurance companies last fiscal year, with premium income shrinking at 11 out of 15 major players. Basic profit — a measure of profitability from core operations — decreased at seven groups for ...

Day care wait lists still growing in much of Japan

Day care waiting lists have declined slightly overall but still grew on the year in 16 of 34 major Japanese municipalities, suggesting that the government remains far from its goal of clearing the chronic backlog. The Nikkei surveyed 20 cities and Tokyo’s 23 wards, with ...

Elderly get timely food, medicines

Poor elderly folk living in Mandalay City are being cared for with medicines and food during this season when temperatures can soar, said U Soe, secretary of the Ma Naw Kyar Phyu Blood Donor and Charity Association. “We help provide essentials to the poor and ...

Zinc deficiency rampant in VN women, children

Vietnamese people are zinc deficient at an alarming rate, especially pregnant women and young children.The information was announced on Monday at a symposium to welcome Việt Nam Micronutrient Day (June 1-2).A survey conducted in 2015 showed that nearly 70 per cent of children under five ...

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