The Health Futures Forum is organized by the Strategic Dialogue unit in the Data, Strategy and Innovation (DSI) group of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. FFWD was contracted by WHO to assist in the management of the Forum.
About the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific works to translate global health initiatives into regional plans that respond to the specific needs and challenges of the countries and areas of the Region, including coordinating the Organization’s efforts with those of other United Nations agencies and global health initiatives. The Regional Office and 15 WHO country offices in the Region provide tailored support to countries and areas to maximize health gains at the country level while working to make health systems strong and more resilient to face future challenges.
The WHO Western Pacific Region includes 37 countries and areas: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, France (which has responsibility for French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna), Hong Kong SAR (China), Japan, Kiribati, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macao SAR (China), Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which has responsibility for Pitcairn Islands), the United States of America (which has responsibility for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam), Vanuatu, and Viet Nam.
The Data, Strategy and Innovation (DSI) group was established in 2019 in the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific to support implementation of the vision For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region. DSI focuses on innovation, data and strategic engagement with countries on health systems transformation.
The Strategic Dialogue team (DIA), within DSI, has been working with key stakeholders in Member States across the Western Pacific to apply futures approaches to longer-term health systems planning, by which a vision for the health future is developed and actions to implement that vision are ideated through backcasting.