The Equity in Asia-Pacific Health Systems (EQUITAP) Research Network recently held its sixth meeting in Seoul, South Korea from 17-18th June 2009. This meeting was attended by Dr Ng Chiu Wan. The network, consisting of researchers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries, was initially formed in 2000 to undertake comparative assessment of national health systems in participating countries. Participating institutions from Malaysia are the University of Malaya and the Ministry of Health. The first phase of research collaboration, from 2000-2006, provided an invaluable evaluation of health systems which has fed into current discussion of health reforms in the countries involved as well as other countries around the world. The second phase of EQUITAP research activities, from 2008-2011, continues to examine equity in health with a focus among others, on maternal and child health. Further information can be obtained at http://www.equitap.org.
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