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					MACAO (CHINA )
1. 1.1 CONTEXT Demographics

With an annual growth rate of 2.0%, Macao (China) had a year-end estimated population of 549 200 in 2008, 50.9% female and 49.1% male; 12.8% of the population were aged 0-14 and 7.2% were 65 years and above. The average population density was 18 900 per square kilometre, with the entire resident population being city dwellers. In 2008, there were 4717 live births, up by 4.0% compared with 2007, while mortality increased by 13.7% to 1756. The natural growth rate for the same year was 5.4, with a crude birth rate of 8.5 and a crude death rate of 3.2 per 1000 population. The infant mortality rate was 3.2 per 1000 live births and the under-five mortality rate 3.6 per 1000 live births, while the total fertility rate was 1.0 birth per woman (aged 15-49), with no recorded maternal mortality. Life expectancy at birth for males was 79.0 years in 2004-2007, and 84.8 years for females. Besides natural increases, migration flow is another important factor in determining population growth. In 2008, an estimated net inflow of 9100 persons was recorded, including Chinese immigrants with “oneway exit permits” from Mainland China, persons authorized to reside in Macao, and non-resident workers.
1.2 Political situation

Macao became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 20 December 1999. The constitutional document, the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region, came into force on the same day. It stipulates the system to be practised in Macao, and lays down the political and administrative framework for 50 years from 1999. Under the Basic Law, Macao is entitled to a high degree of autonomy in all areas except defence and foreign affairs. The principles of “One country, two systems”, “Macao people governing Macao” and “a high degree of autonomy” have passed their initial tests with flying colours, and are now broadly recognized in Macao and infused into its social and political culture. The first Chief Executive, Edmund Ho Hau Wah, is currently serving his second term of office. The Government has begun preparing for the elections of the third-term Chief Executive and the fourth-term Legislative Assembly.
1.3 Socioeconomic situation

With the support of Mainland China, the economy of Macao has remained strong. The real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for 2008 was 13.2% in real terms and per capita GDP (US$) in nominal terms rose by 10.4% year-on-year. Prosperity in the gaming and tourism sector, as well as improvements in residents’ employment conditions and the rise in income, stimulated private consumption expenditure. Exports of services have continued to be bolstered by the growth in the number of tourists from Mainland China. On the other hand, the cancellation of the global textile and garment quota system and the weak economy in the United States of America and the Euro Zone have resulted in a fall in exports. The health expenditure share of GDP was 1.9% in 2007, less than the 2.3% in 2006, with government expenditure accounting for 68.5%. Macao has maintained sound economic and trade relations with more than 120 countries and regions, particularly with the United States of America, the European Union and Portuguese-speaking countries.

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In 2008, the total labour force was estimated to be 333 000, of which 323 000 were employed, giving an unemployment rate of 3.0%, down by 0.1 percentage point compared with 2007; the underemployment rate rose by 0.6 percentage point year-on-year, to 1.6%.
1.4 Risks, vulnerabilities and hazards

Macao is occasionally hit by tropical storms, tropical cyclones and typhoons during summer and autumn, causing traffic disruption and, on occasions, major floods and landslips, but seldom casualties.
2. 2.1 HEALTH SITUATION AND TREND Communicable and noncommunicable diseases, health risk factors and transition

Having gone through the process of a demographic and epidemiological transition, the population of Macao enjoys a fairly low mortality rate and a long life expectancy. They also enjoy a high standard of health, as reflected in the general decline in the incidence of communicable diseases and the increase in life expectancy, as well as the improvement in health indices. Noncommunicable diseases are the main causes of morbidity and mortality. However, like other developed areas, the threat from re-emerging and newly emerging infectious diseases continues. The HIV/AIDS incidence rate is slowly increasing.
2.2 Outbreaks of communicable diseases

Outbreaks of influenza, enterovirus infections and norovirus gastroenteritis in schools and residential institutes occur from time to time.
2.3 Leading causes of mortality and morbidity

Among the 1756 deaths in 2008, 31.0% were attributable to neoplasms, 27.6% to diseases of the circulatory system and 13.7% to diseases of the respiratory system. Since 2001, cancer has been the leading cause of death, claiming nearly 500 deaths every year. In 2007, cancers of the colorectum, bronchus and lung, breast, prostate, and liver were the five most common, contributing 13.5%, 11.9%, 10.8%, 8.6%, 6.6% of all new cancer cases. The top five leading cancer deaths were cancers of the bronchus and lung, colorectum, liver, stomach, and leukaemia, contributing 23.5%, 14.6%, 12.6%, 5.1% and 4.9% of all cancer deaths. In terms of causes of morbidity, the three most common notifiable diseases in 2008 were varicella (28.5%), enterovirus infection (25.2%) and tuberculosis of the lung (10.9%). Morbidity and mortality from most vaccine-preventable communicable diseases have remained very low for many years. There is no risk of malaria, but small clusters of dengue fever occur occasionally. The hepatitis B carrier rate among adults is around 11.5%, and is less than 1% among vaccinated children. HIV/AIDS prevalence remains low, estimated at less than 0.1%.
2.4 Maternal, child and infant diseases

Maternal, child and infant care services are available in all highly accessible health centres, half of them equipped with prenatal ultrasound examination equipment. More than 95% of pregnant women receive prenatal care and almost 100% deliver in hospital. No maternal death was recorded during the period from 1992 to 2008. Diarrhoea among infants and children is common, but rarely causes death.
2.5 Burden of disease

A study in 1999 indicated injury and intoxication and cancer as the leading causes of potential years of life lost (PYLL).

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HEALTH SYSTEM Ministry of Health's mission, vision and objectives

In line with the Government’s policy of building a quality society, a long-term objective of Macao’s health authorities is to enhance the quality of medical and health care, thus safeguarding and improving the public’s health. The Health Bureau is tasked with coordinating the activities of public and private organizations in the domain of public health and assuring the health of citizens through specialized and primary health care services, as well as disease prevention and health promotion activities.
3.2 Organization of health services and delivery systems

Medical and health service providers in Macao are classified as either governmental or nongovernmental. The former mainly include government health centres that provide primary health care, as well as the Conde S. Januário Hospital, which provides specialist medical services. Nongovernmental providers include medical entities subsidized by the Government and other institutions, such as Kiang Wu Hospital, the University Hospital, the Workers’ Clinic and Tung Sin Tong Clinic, as well as various private clinics and laboratories. The departments of Conde S. Januário Hospital include Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency, Surgery, Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, Burns Service, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Medicine, Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis, Medical Imaging, Laboratory, and Haematological Oncology. The 73 types of service offered by the Outpatient Department include anaesthesiology, cardiology, chest clinic, surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, dermatology, stomatology, gynaecology and obstetrics, haematological oncology, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, internal medicine, general medicine, nephrology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, paediatrics, psychiatry and urology. With regard to the private sector, there are two nongovernmental hospitals that play complementary roles in providing health care services. Founded in 1871, Kiang Wu Hospital has three departments: Emergency, Outpatient and Inpatient. It is a modern general hospital that integrates treatment, prevention, teaching and research. The University Hospital, sharing a close and collaborating relationship with the Macau University of Science and Technology, was established on 25 March 2006; it integrates clinical services, teaching and scientific research, and is Macao’s first hospital dedicated to both Chinese and Western medicine. To realise the objective of “Health for all”, Macao’s health authorities have established a primary health care network with health centres as the operational units offering all residents easy access to primary health care services in their own neighbourhoods. There are six health centres and two health stations distributed throughout the various districts of Macao. Two of the health centres, the Fai Chi Kei Health Centre and Areia Preta Health Centre also have traditional Chinese medicine clinics. By the end of 2008, the primary health care network had provided services to 481 265 outpatients during the year. Most outpatients had attended the adult health care, child health care and family planning clinics, which accounted for 59.5%, 13.2% and 8.6%, respectively, of total outpatient visits.
3.3 Health policy, planning and regulatory framework

“A sound health care system and putting prevention first” is the Government’s policy. In recent years, it has focused particularly on enhancing prevention and control capacity in the areas of emergency rescue response and public health. The Health Bureau is a public entity, endowed with administrative, financial and patrimonial autonomy, under the supervision of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture. The Health Bureau’s task is to assure the health of citizens, prevent diseases, provide health care and rehabilitation services, train professional health workers, supervise and support entities in the health sector, and provide forensic services.

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3.4 Health care financing

The health system is financed mainly by the Macao Government, which attaches great importance to the resources allocated to medical and health care. In 2007, it spent US$ 244.7 million on related services, up by 8.9% from the US$ 224.6 million in 2006. The medical services provided by health centres and the Tung Sin Tong Clinic are basically free of charge. All legal residents of Macao, regardless of their ages or occupations, are entitled to free services at health centres and supplementary check-ups at Conde S. Januário Hospital by referral from health centres. Nonresidents pay for such services according to rates established by the Health Bureau.
3.5 Human resources for health

Human resources for health (HRH) planning is based on the Government’s policy objectives in terms of its programmes and activities. In order to execute and coordinate with government policy, to respond to the global threat of communicable diseases, and to meet the territory’s development demands, the Health Bureau has established a mechanism for emergency rescue response and is enhancing training in the specialty of accident and emergency; recruitment of specialized physicians for the Department of Accident and Emergency has been identified as one of the priorities. In 2005, the Macao Government enlisted Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macao to conduct a study for development of a ten-year plan for Macao’s nursing manpower. After the results were announced, the Health Bureau established a consultation group to gather extensive opinions to help formulate policy on allowing importation of foreign nursing staff to mitigate the pressure on the nursing service, without harming the interests of local nursing staff. Meanwhile, the health authorities are revising the existing grade structures for doctors, nurses and diagnostic and therapeutic personnel. This is considered necessary given the rapid pace of development and the increasing medical and health care demands. To remain in line with the development of Macao, collaboration with neighbouring countries and regions will be further enhanced by launching various training programmes in the health domain.
3.6 Partnerships

Regular communications and cooperation have been maintained with regional health authorities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and improve other health-related work. In 2007, the Macao Government continued to enhance regional connections, particularly with Hong Kong (China) and Guangdong Province, China. At the 7th Tripartite Meeting of Guangdong, Macao and Hong Kong on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, held in July 2007, the health authorities from the three areas agreed to continue strengthening their cooperation and communication mechanisms to control diseases. In April 2007, the Health Bureau signed a cooperation agreement with the Hong Kong Hospital Authority with the aim of establishing a communication and support mechanism to handle medical emergencies and health incidents and to strengthen cooperation on aspects such as ongoing training and education for medical and administration staff, case referrals and regular exchanges of official infectiousdisease information. At the Guangdong-Macao Cooperation Joint Conference 2007, the two areas signed the Framework Agreement on Exchanges and Cooperation in Food Safety for Guangdong and Macao to maintain food safety in both places. The agreement further strengthens communication between Macao and Guangdong regarding food safety policies and laws, safety standards, food testing and recalls, major food incidents, and verification and dissemination of media reports on food issues.
3.7 Challenges to health system strengthening

The health authorities continue to follow their policies and plans to create a favourable environment and conditions for medical consultation and to ensure that Macao residents receive a satisfying and convenient community health care service, hence strengthening public health and improving the quality
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of life of the population. However, factors such as the increasing population and population ageing, as well as the rising demand for medical services, are serious concerns for the Government of Macao. Statistics from the Conde de S. Januário Hospital indicate that hospital admissions increased from 14 056 in 2003 to 15 934 in 2008, an increase of 13.4%, while outpatient and emergency consultations were up by 40.4% and 18.3%, respectively. In 2008, the bed occupancy rate stood at 85.8%, and patients stayed in the hospital for an average of 9.2 days. To respond to the rising demand for medical services, the service hours of two health centres have already been extended. Simultaneously, the health authorities have given priority to expansion projects at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Conde de S. Januário Hospital, as well as the rehabilitation centre, and are studying the feasibility of establishing a second public hospital in Taipa.
4. LISTING OF MAJOR INFORMATION SOURCES AND DATABASES : : : : : : : : : : : : Health statistics Statistics and Census Service Contains analyses and tables in relation to health care of Macao http://www.dsec.gov.mo/Statistic/Social/HealthStatistics.aspx?lang=en-US Yearbook of statistics Statistics and Census Service Includes latest general information http://www.dsec.gov.mo/Statistic/General/YearbookOfStatistics.aspx?lang=en-US Macao yearbook 2008 Government Information Bureau Outlines major events, progresses and changes on a yearly basis http://yearbook.gcs.gov.mo

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ADDRESSES

HEALTH BUREAU
Office Address Postal Address Official Email Address Telephone Fax Website

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Estrada do Visconde de S. Januário, Macau Caixa Postal 3002 – Macau info@ssm.gov.mo (853) 28313731 (853) 28713105 http://www.ssm.gov.mo

WHO REPRESENTATIVE
There is no WHO Representative in Macao (China). Queries about the WHO programme of collaboration with Macao (China) should be directed to: Office Address : Director, Programme Management World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific United Nations Avenue P.O. Box 2932, 1000 Manila, Philippines Postal Address : P.O. Box 2932, 1000 Manila, Philippines Official Email Address : postmaster@wpro.who.int Telephone : (632) 528 8001 (632) 3031000 Fax : (632) 5260279 Office Hours : 7:00–15:30 Website : http://www.wpro.who.int

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6. ORGANIZATIONAL CHART: Health Bureau

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Director of Health Bureau Research and Planning Office Centre for Disease Control and Prevention General Health Care Specialized Health Care * Hospital Administration Department - Hospitalization Division - Patient Services Division - Hospital Pharmacy Division Medical Departments * * Pharmaceutical Affairs Department * Paramedical Departments Medical Intern Training Committee Training Committee

General Administration and Support

* Primary Health Care Department - Health Centres - Technical Units * * Public Health Laboratory Blood Transfusion Centre

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Finance Department Human Resources Department Information Technology and Organization Department Facility and Equipment Department

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