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The increasing prevalence of certain risk factors, such as tobacco and alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity, accounts for this surge in NCDs. 6. 9 Source: ESCAP, Addressing Health Risks. Strengthening health promotion. E/ESCAP/ CESI (2) 7, (Bangkok, ESCAP, 2005). Several Asian countries have some of the highest smoking rates in the world – often exceeding 60 per cent of the adult male population – and trends are rising. The number of overweight and obese people is also increasing, especially in many developing Pacific island nations (ESCAP, 2005a).
3. Deliveries attended by skilled personnel 1990 51 East and North-East Asiaa 79 38 South-East Asia 30 36 42 46 40 South and South-West Asiab Sub-Saharan Africa North Africa 2004 68 Latin America and Caribbean 71 72 81 0 20 40 60 80 100 Deliveries (percentage) attended by skilled health personnel Source: United Nations, The Millennium Development Goals Report, 2006 (New York, United Nations, 2006). a b Data do not include Japan. Data do not include Turkey. Even where health providers are available, negligence, incompetence or inadequate training may result in misdiagnosis or wrong prescription of treatment.
A more detailed discussion of health-financing issues is covered in Chapter 4. 4. INEQUITABLE ALLOCATIONS OF HEALTH BUDGETS Spending on health does not automatically translate into accelerated progress towards achieving the health-related MDGs. Equally important to the ability, effectiveness and efficiency of health systems to provide services is the way in which investments are targeted. A highly inequitable distribution of public investments in health exists in many developing countries in the ESCAP region.