03 Apr '11, 9pm

3 myths that plague healthcare in Asia: A pervasive belief in healthcare is that, if only we spent more, health

Even in ideal circumstances, ensuring and enhancing the health of populations is a formidable undertaking. In the austere conditions that typify many Asian countries, this is even more difficult. Some 4,000 Asian children die every day from mainly infectious diseases, while Asia contributes to almost half the cancer deaths in the world. More than 3,000 Asian mothers die in childbirth every week; Indian men lead the world in deaths from heart disease. This "double whammy" of infectious and chronic diseases would challenge the most talented of health policy planners, let alone in Asia where more than half a billion people live in hunger, 40 per cent of adult males smoke and there is a meagre 1.1 doctors per 1,000 population - almost three times lower than in the United States. Three myths worsen this already unfavourable situation and debunking them decisively will be vital ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110404-0000229/3-...

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