From its executive summary:

The health of 10 countries analysed in the Lancet Series on southeast Asia — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam — concerns the health of 580 million people. 

"Until public health trumps private wealth, progress in health across the region will be disjointed and inequitable. Only by placing human rights at the heart of development will the right of the region’s 580 million people to the highest attainable standard of health be realised." 

So concludes a Comment summarizing this series about health in southeast Asia. The series itself highlights key health issues: infectious disease control, maternal and child health, reducing the impact of chronic diseases, and the finance and human resource issues that need to be addressed to improve health and health equity in this diverse region of the world.


Series Papers

Health and health-care systems in southeast Asia: diversity and transitions
Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong, Kai Hong Phua, Mui Teng Yap, Nicola S Pocock, Jamal H Hashim, Rethy Chhem, Siswanto Agus Wilopo, Alan D Lopez
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Maternal, neonatal, and child health in southeast Asia: towards greater regional collaboration
Cecilia S Acuin, Geok Lin Khor, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul, Endang L Achadi, Thein Thein Htay, Rebecca Firestone, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
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Emerging infectious diseases in southeast Asia: regional challenges to control
Richard J Coker, Benjamin M Hunter, James W Rudge, Marco Liverani, Piya Hanvoravongchai
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The rise of chronic non-communicable diseases in southeast Asia: time for action
Antonio Dans, Nawi Ng, Cherian Varghese, E Shyong Tai, Rebecca Firestone, Ruth Bonita
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Human resources for health in southeast Asia: shortages, distributional challenges, and international trade in health services
Churnrurtai Kanchanachitra, Magnus Lindelow, Timothy Johnston, Piya Hanvoravongchai, Fely Marilyn Lorenzo, Nguyen Lan Huong, Siswanto Agus Wilopo, Jennifer Frances dela Rosa
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Health-financing reforms in southeast Asia: challenges in achieving universal coverage
Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Walaiporn Patcharanarumol, Por Ir, Syed Mohamed Aljunid, Ali Ghufron Mukti, Kongsap Akkhavong, Eduardo Banzon, Dang Boi Huong, Hasbullah Thabrany, Anne Mills
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Series Comments
Health in southeast Asia
William Summerskill, Richard Horton
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Southeast Asia: an emerging focus for global health
Jose Acuin, Rebecca Firestone, Thein Thein Htay, Geok Lin Khor, Hasbullah Thabrany, Vonthanak Saphonn, Suwit Wibulpolprasert
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Challenges in infection in ASEAN
Surin Pitsuwan
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Mental health in southeast Asia
Albert Maramis, Nguyen Van Tuan, Harry Minas
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Civil society in ASEAN: a healthy development?
Andrew Wells-Dang, Giang Wells-Dang
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A stormy future for population health in southeast Asia?
Colin D Butler
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