While malaria cases have risen elsewhere in the world, in the Asia-Pacific region, governments have set an example by reducing its spread. However, COVID-19 threatens to undo some of that work, particularly within ASEAN.
Southeast Asian countries are among those asking Russia for stocks of its as-yet-untested COVID-19 vaccine. Why are they getting on board so quickly, and what other options do they have?
Healthcare for all in the Philippines – but is there a catch?
Medical tourism has been a focus for STB (Singapore Tourism Board). At the same time, Singaporeans claim long waiting times in hospitals. A trade off between medical tourism and decent public healthcare has to be made now or in the near future.
The Chinese authorities want to loosen the rules on the testing of foreign pharmaceuticals so they can be given to Chinese patients faster. This is part of an ambitious plan to expand and improve healthcare services.
As the HIV crisis in the Philippines reaches a breaking point, the government’s responses have failed to adjust to the shifting epicentre of the epidemic. Duterte can make headway on this complicated issue but he will have to deal with the Catholic Church.
One of the few similarities between the healthcare systems in place in Malaysia and Singapore is that they are both facing considerable challenges. Both might be advised to take a similar approach to these challenges as they try to meet the health needs of their people today and provide for future care.
Facebook0TwitterReddit0LinkedinemailAt night, Chinese cancer patients haunt the corridors of seedy hotels. Unable to afford a hospital bed, they are forced to choose cheap accommodation while…