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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries
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Health-financing reforms in seven South East Asian countries are reviewed in this study. These countries have sought to reduce dependence on out-of-pocket payments, increase pooled health finance, and expand services, stepping towards universal coverage. The author underlines that expanding coverage of good-quality services and ensuring adequate human resources are important to achieve universal coverage.

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Towards policy integration of disaster risk, climate adaptation, and development in ASEAN: a baseline assessment
M. Sembiring; J.A. Lassa / Centre For Non-Traditional Security Studies 2017
This Insight attempts to create a baseline assessment of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adap- tation (CCA) policies in ten Southeast Asian countries. More than 50 per cent of global disas...
Testing climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices in South- east Asia: a manual for priority setting
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The project Integrated agricultural technologies for enhanced adaptive capacity and resilient livelihoods in climate-smart villages (CSVs) of Southeast Asia aims to provide climate-smart agriculture options to enhance adaptive capacit...
Mobilizing science for climate change, agriculture and food security: engaging the Southeast Asian media
R. Navarro; B. Joven; A. Cruz / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
In the context of agriculture and food security, science innovations on mitigating and adapting to climate change are available, but these are not well shared with next users and end users (especially farmers) and the public due to in...
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Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessib...
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