Asia

How digital can transform healthcare in Asia for millions of people

Submitted by dfabbri on Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:00

World Economic Forum (04.10.2019) More than half of the people on Earth still don’t have full coverage of essential health services and almost 100 million people fall into extreme poverty from paying for healthcare. In South-East Asia, while some positive progress has been made in achieving universal health coverage (UHC), it isn’t happening fast enough.

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Asia
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Bhutan bets on digital payments to improve services

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:14

worldbank.org (12.08.2019) The new e-payment system supports seamless—and cashless—transactions between the government and banking systems, allowing salaries, pensions, payments, and benefits to be delivered without manual intervention. 

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Asia
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Service delivery
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Pension extension: Bringing informal workers into the retirement social safety net

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:42

adb.org (August 2019) Millions of Asia’s informal workers – such as vendors, day laborers, and others – are left out of national pension systems. Here’s what we can do to help them in their later years.

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Asia
Global challenges
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Pensions
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Pension extension: Bringing informal workers into the retirement social safety net

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 16:20

blogs.adb.org (Aug 2019) Millions of Asia’s informal workers – such as vendors, day laborers, and others – are left out of national pension systems. Here’s what we can do to help them in their later years.

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Asia
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Pensions
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Spending Uneven on Social Protection in Asia and Pacific, Reports Asian Development Bank

Submitted by dfabbri on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:13

sdg.iisd/news (03.09.2019) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published progress reports on social protection indicators for 24 countries in Asia and 13 in the Pacific. The two sub-regional reports analyze 2015 data on social protection programmes, building on the Social Protection Index previously developed by the ADB. Each report updates the results of analyses conducted in 2016, which were based on 2012 data for the region. The publications focus on spending for social protection, including insurance, assistance and active labor market programs.

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Asia
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Financing
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Poverty in old age haunts millions of Asia's elderly

Submitted by dfabbri on Mon, 09/02/2019 - 10:47

BusinessMirror (31.08.2019) Millionsof informal workers in Asia are at risk of living out their golden years in poverty—unless countries act swiftly. In an Asian Development Blog, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Principal Social Development Specialist Sri Wening Handayani said vendors, day laborers, and others are being left out of the national pension system. Handayani said nearly 10 percent of the population of the Asia and Pacific region are above the age of 60.

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Asia
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Old age Pensions

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WHO Director-General underscores commitment to strengthening health in Pacific Islands

Submitted by dfabbri on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 10:20

WHO news (18.08.2019) WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has completed a two-week mission to Pacific Island countries and reiterated WHO’s unflagging commitment to supporting their efforts to advance health and well being. In 2017, WHO established a special initiative on climate change and health in small island developing states, launching it in cooperation with His Excellency Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, who was president of COP23 in Bonn.

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Asia
Global challenges

[Report] The Social Protection Indicator for the Pacific: Assessing Progress

Submitted by dfabbri on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 11:00

socialprotection.org (2019) This report presents the analysis of comprehensive 2015 data on social protection programs in 13 Pacific developing member countries.

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Asia
Global challenges
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Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT)

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[Report] Strengthening the capacity of ASEAN Member States to design and implement risk-informed and shock-responsive social protection systems for resilience

Submitted by dfabbri on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:55

socialprotection.org (2019) The complementarity of social protection and disaster risk management (DRM) is increasingly acknowledged by ASEAN. Accordingly, this study, the overarching research question of which is: What factors enable social protection systems and programmes in ASEAN countries to be responsive to shocks and to deliver an effective response?

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Asia
Global challenges