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.
Reaching the unreached, including infectious diseases and infant and maternal mortality
As part of our unfinished business, there are still health issues that require our attention. To continue to address these issues, means we need to start doing business differently, starting with applying a gender and equity lens. In many countries in the Western Pacific Region, gender inequalities and social inequities in health predominantly burden the poorest and least educated groups, including those living in areas with weaker health systems and in in rural and hard to reach areas—with women often being extra vulnerable to poor health. This ultimately affects maternal and child health, including vulnerability to infectious diseases. In our efforts to better understand health in the region, we must apply a gender and equity lens to address differences between countries and within population groups, to ensure that the challenges and needs of all people are met and addressed to truly leave no one behind.
Current Situation Reports
Adolescent birth rate
The adolescent birth rate (ABR) (SDG target 3.7.2) is an important indicator of both gender equality and the level of equity within a country.
Data on infant immunization targets – coverage (%) for Hepatitis B (HepB3) and Diphtheria tetanus toxoid and pertussis (DTP3) immunization coverage among 1-year-olds (SDG targets 3.3.4 and 3.b.1) is available for twenty-six countries.
Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) represents an unfinished agenda. Much progress in areas of RMNCH have been made, yet within countries, groups of girls, women and children are left behind.