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Rhonda Galbally, Bridget H.-H. Hsu-Hage & Chris Borthwick

In: Health Promotion at the Community Level: New Advance

Chapter 9: Asia and Western Pacific Approaches to Health Promotion: Current Opportunities and Programs

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Asia and Western Pacific Approaches to Health Promotion: Current Opportunities and Programs
Asia and western pacific approaches to health promotion: Current opportunities and programs
RhondaGalbally
Bridget H.-H.Hsu-Hage
ChrisBorthwick
Social and Political Background

The Asia and Western Pacific region is perhaps the most heterogeneous of any of the world's regions. It includes 29 states that range in size from islands of 260 square kilometers to continents of 7½ million, from thousands of people to more than a billion, from $650 per capita GDP to $23,000, from $3 per capita health expenditure to $1,538, from life expectancies of 50 years to 80. Cultures, political systems, religions, climates, and lifestyles are very different. Approaches to health promotion in this region thus arise from different contexts to serve different needs.1

Social, Cultural, and Political Systems

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