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.
Deadly pathogens can spread rapidly, and infectious disease outbreaks have devastating social and economic consequences that threaten our health security. Their impacts, however, vary between and within countries and communities. Applying a gender and equity lens is therefore important in our response to health security threats, to uncover important insights on transmission patterns and strategies to tackle outbreak prevention and control. Using this lens can also highlight social, cultural and economic factors that influence exposure, severity, assessment, access to services and treatment outcomes between and within groups of women and men. By placing greater attention to gender and equity in our efforts to build stronger, more resilient and sustainable health systems, can help ensure that we are better prepared to face and address health security threats for all women, men, girls and boys in the region and make progress towards achieving gender equality in health.
Current Situation Reports
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), understood as resistance of a bug to one or more chemotherapeutic drugs, is one of the most important contemporary threats to global health, food security and development.
Addressing violence against children, women and older people during the Covid-19 pandemic
A snapshot of the current situation of violence against children, women and older people around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, and key actions the health sector can take with other sectors to prevent the impacts of violence.
Guidance on COVID-19 for the care of older people and people living in long-term care facilities, other non-acute care facilities and home care
Guidance for older people, their friends and families, caregivers, healthcare providers, long-term care (LTC) providers with information on infection and prevention control (IPC), community preparedness, selfcare for wellbeing.
Health Equity and its Determinants in the Western Pacific Region
This document covers a range of intersectoral health-relevant indicators to examine the existence and magnitude of inequities in health and its determinants. It details encouraging messages about the state of health equity.