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.
While more people are living longer than ever before, increases in life expectancy does not always mean that for everyone years added to life are necessarily healthy. Some people may have functional impairments or one or more chronic conditions, some of which are caused by non-communicable diseases. Risk factors for NCDs and mental health disorders, both behavioural and biological, are strongly influenced by gender and other social determinants of health and may explain why differences between and among various groups of people exist. Applying a gender and equity lens is therefore important in better understanding why risk factors for NCDs may be more prevalent in some groups versus others, and thus inform better health system planning, NCD prevention and management initiatives, to ensure that all are to ensure that all are supported along the continuum of care and throughout the life course.
Current Situation Reports
Across the world and the WHO Western Pacific Region, the population of adults over 60 years is the fastest growing age group. While both men and women are living longer, the majority of these older people will be women.
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.