Asia-Pacific National Health Accounts Network was established
in March 1998 at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, convened by the
Health Economics Network (APHEN) with support from USAID
South-East Asia Regional Office (WHO-SEARO). The meeting was
attended by representatives from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong,
India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, The Philippines,
Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand (representatives from Australia
and Taiwan were unable to attend, but sent messages of support).
Official representatives of USAID, WHO, World Bank and ILO also
participated in this first meeting. At the meeting, it was decided
to establish a network to promote regional collaboration in technical
areas related to national health accounts.
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From its inception, APNHAN has been envisaged as a partnership
of NHA experts and groups, consisting of:
- Individuals and institutions officially involved in establishing,
developing or maintaining NHA activities in countries and territories
of the Asia-Pacific region.
- International and regional agencies involved in supporting
development of NHA activities and capacities in the Asia-Pacific
- International NHA technical experts involved in the development
of NHA capacity and standards in the Asia-Pacific region.
membership and scope
of the network is determined on a discretionary basis, and is
based on the state of health accounts development in the territory
concerned. Most members consist of either ministries of health
(or other agencies responsible for commissioning health accounts
systems) or specialized technical agencies or experts responsible
for compiling and maintaining health accounts systems. However,
territories where there are no active health accounts efforts,
can be represented by health ministries, who may have an interest
in maintaining awareness of regional activities, or by technical
experts, who have an interest in promoting local efforts. By choice
and name, the network welcomes participation from territories
in the general Asia-Pacific region, which covers countries in
several WHO regions (SEARO, WPRO, EMRO and EURO). If you are interested
in joining the network, and your country or territory is not represented,
please contact us at:
in the network does not require participation in any specific
activities, but only the benefit of subscribing to the network's
email bulletin, which is operated as a list-serve. Participation
in the network does not signify any particular state of development
with respect to health accounts, nor adoption of any particular
approach or health accounting standards.
consensus, the network operates on a voluntary basis. Members
may propose joint activities, and can choose to participate in
these as they wish. The network's chief role is to provide a mechanism
to allow members to coordinate with each other, and to disseminate
information and requests. When joint activities are undertaken,
a network partner will typically take lead responsibility for
coordination, and when sponsorship is involved handling any external
funding or contractual arrangements. For
more information on activities . . .
network welcomes collaboration with external sponsors, and technical
and funding agencies, but this always based on the principles
of partnership and mutual respect.