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Progress, in terms of reduced child and maternal mortality rates, and communicable diseases, is indicative of good progress towards SDG 3 for the Asia Pacific region. Progress so far, can be mainly attributed to improved access to essential health services, such as access to professional health personnel during child births. Nonetheless, despite the gains made in sexual and reproductive health, there is still a need for increased access to modern family planning methods, counselling services, and contraceptives for women and adolescents. Socio-economic inequality, structural discrimination, and gender norms, remain as barriers in access to health care, highlighting the need for institutional reform to combat such issues. Additionally. non communicable disease (NCDs) have been on the rise and will be expected to grow. In acknowledgement of the upward trend in NCDs, this roundtable encourages participants to discuss the rise of NCDs, especially as many countries in the region are starting to realize the challenges associated with an ageing demographic. Additionally, with an expected increased demand in health care, it is vital to consider opportunities to strengthen health systems that also address issues in inequality, that will sustain and accelerate the progress made so far in the region.

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