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SWOT Outlook on OIC Member Countries - 2011

The SWOT Outlook is a new contribution by SESRIC to the efforts of the OIC Member Countries toward enhancing the level of their cooperation and integration as well as the level of their competitiveness, as a group, at both the regional and global levels. It provides most relevant statistical data and background information that would make the OIC Member Countries better informed of their collective potentials and needs and, thus, facilitate their elaboration on cooperation projects and integration schemes.

OIC Health Report 2011

The issue of health and development of modern and sustainable health systems has recently gained greater importance and attention in many developing countries as a major driver of socio-economic progress where more resources have been invested in this sector than ever being before. Today, people are healthier, wealthier and live longer than 30 years ago. However, while the progress achieved over the years in health sector has remained highly concentrated in the developed countries, many developing and least-developed countries are still seriously lagging behind. This is particularly true in the regions of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa where health care coverage and health services remained significantly poor in many countries including most of OIC Member Countries in these regions.

The State of Polio in OIC Member Countries - “Enhancing Multilateral Cooperation to Eradicate Polio”

Polio or Poliomyelitis is a communicable disease caused by a virus that lives in throat and intestinal tract. Poliovirus attacks the nervous system and in some cases can paralyze the victim instantly. It spreads rapidly especially in those communities that are living in very poor hygienic and sanitation conditions. People of all ages can get infected by the Polio; however children under five years of age are the most likely to be infected by the virus. Though polio is not curable, it can be prevented especially through childhood vaccination.

Pharmaceutical Industry in OIC Member Countries: Production, Consumption and Trade

Today pharmaceuticals have become an indispensable part of health care system around the globe. Historically pharmaceuticals have played a vital role in the human development by improving the quality of life and reducing the time spent in the hospitals. Today, pharmaceutical industry is considered to be one of the largest and rapidly growing global industries. However, despite the extraordinary global achievements in this important industry, it’s a harsh reality that every year millions of people die across the world, mostly in low income developing countries, due to unavailability and inaccessibility of necessary medicines.

The State of Maternal and Newborn Health in OIC Member Countries

Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) basically refers to health of women and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and after childbirth. Provision of quality care during this period is very critical for the health and very survival of mother and infant. According to the latest estimates, around half a million maternal and about four million newborn deaths are mainly caused by the lack of quality antenatal care, safe and clean delivery and post-natal care for mother and infant.