In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Takeshi Kasai put forth a vision for the Western Pacific Region that effectively responds to current and future regional health challenges through collectively acting today in addressing the challenges of tomorrow. Central to this vision is the need to apply a gender and equity lens to everything we do. The Western Pacific Region can only become the healthiest and safest WHO region if the health and safety needs of all persons are granted equal attention in designing and implementing current and future health programming. This strategy renews the Region’s commitment to use a gender and equity lens to everything we do and builds on the Region’s proud history of achievements and strong tradition of solidarity.
“Reducing gender and health inequities is critical to achieving our long-term vision of making the Western Pacific the healthiest and safest region”.
—WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region, 2019
To transform the vision put forth through WPRO’s For the Future five-year strategy and vision paper into reality, seven practical action areas was proposed and approved by all Member States in the Western Pacific Region: