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Quality of Care: what are effective policy options for governments in low- and middle-income countries to improve and regulate the quality of ambulatory care?
This policy brief aims to provide guidance for policy-makers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the Asia Pacific region on actions that governments can take to improve and regulate quality of care in ambulatory care services. There is increasing evidence of the very poor quality of ambulatory care in LMICs. Current strategies to address quality of care in these countries such as accreditation have tended to focus on hospitals. But ambulatory care accounts for the largest share of out-of-pocket expenses in LMICs and is key to addressing the double burden of communicable and noncommunicable disease.
Achieving the Health-related Millennium Development Goals in the South-East Asia Region

This publication presents the achievements made on the MDGs by Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region, gauged only at the national level. It depicts the road covered by countries in the last 12 years and the gaps that have to be bridged in the remaining 3 years, and ascertains the likelihood of reaching each of the targets by 2015. The report also highlights the bottlenecks, the most intense challenge, and the constraints faced by each country in its strategic actions and interventions.

World Health Statistics

World Health Statistics 2015 contains WHO's annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. This year, it also includes highlight summaries on the topics of reducing the gaps between the world's most-advantaged and least-advantaged countries, and on current trends in official development assistance (ODA) for health.

International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems (The) ICD-10

The ICD is the international standard diagnostic classification for all general epidemiological purposes, many health management purposes and clinical use. These include analysis of the general health situation of population groups and monitoring the incidence and prevalence of diseases, as well as other health problems with respect to variables such as the characteristics and circumstances of the individuals affected, reimbursement, case-mix, resource allocation, quality, patient safety, and guidelines. ICD-10, Fifth edition, 2016 revision includes more than 100 edits, updates and clarifications since 2010.

Assessing Chronic Disease Management in European Health Systems: Country Reports

Many countries are exploring innovative approaches to redesign delivery systems to provide appropriate support to people with long-standing health problems. Central to these efforts to enhance chronic care are approaches that seek to better bridge the boundaries between professions, providers and institutions, but, as this study clearly demonstrates, countries have adopted differing strategies to design and implement such approaches.

Regional Communication Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Birth Defects

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia developed a regional strategic framework for the prevention and control of birth defects (2013-2017), to guide Member States in developing national plans to address birth defects. The strategic framework recommends that a well-designed communication strategy is an important element for the prevention and control of birth defects.

Human Resources for Health Information System - Minimum Data Set for Health Workforce Registry

This document provides a standard-based tool for health workforce planners and decision-makers developing an electronic system or modifying an existing health information system to count and document all health workers within national and subnational contexts. The minimum data set for health workforce registry provided in this document can be used by ministries of health to support the development of standardized health workforce information systems.

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