In 2019, the Western Pacific Region put forth the For the Future Five Year Strategy. This strategy, which articulates a shared vision, to become the healthiest and safest region in the world by acting today to address the challenges of tomorrow, highlights four important thematic priority areas. These thematic priority areas are:
• Health security, including antimicrobial resistance
• NCDs and ageing
• Climate change, the environment and health
• Reaching the unreached
Central to achieving the Region’s vision is the need to apply gender and equity lens to everything we do. On this page, you will learn why applying a gender and equity lens is important in not only achieving the Region’s vision, but also the goals of each thematic priority area.
Climate change presents a number of different threats to health, by affecting the social and determinants of health, like clean air, drinking water, food security and shelter. Although everyone will feel the impacts of climate change, we know there are some groups and health systems that are at higher risk of its adverse impacts. These impacts can be attributable to gender norms, roles and relations, along with other social determinants of health that contribute to differences in vulnerability to climate change and resultant health outcomes. By strengthening our climate change efforts by applying a gender and equity lens, can help build and sustain climate resilient health systems that are better prepared and responsive to the effective of clime change for all people.
Current Situation Reports
Ambient air pollution is an environmental health problem that affects people worldwide, but LMICs are disproportionately affected.
Natural disasters impact men and women to different extents and in different ways. In some cases they have been found to reduce the life expectancy of women more than men, but only among some groups of women.
The Western Pacific Region has made considerable progress from 1990 to 2015 to improving safe drinking water, sanitation and adequate hygiene (WASH) services, most countries achieving global targets for drinking-water & sanitation.
Climate change and health in the Western Pacific Region : synthesis of evidence, profiles of selected countries and policy direction
Report synthesizes information and approaches on climate change and health pertinent to Member States in the Western Pacific Region. Examing efforts and initiatives by experts and stakeholders, with an look at experiences in Member States.