Women and Health: Today's Evidence Tomorrow's Agenda

Executive Summary


Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age. These are the key findings of the WHO report Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda. Les femmes et la santé: La réalité d’aujourd’hui, le programme de demain.

WHO calls for urgent action both within the health sector and beyond to improve the health and lives of girls and women around the world, from birth to older age. The report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women's specific needs and health challenges over their entire life-course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on the health and leading causes of death in women from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, to older age.

Statement on the Report by Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative:
"This report marks an important step on the road to realizing the right to
health for all individuals. By taking a life-course approach, "Women and
health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda", highlights the social
determinants affecting women's health and shows that empowering women,
amplifying their voice, and enabling them to realize their inherent human
rights will result in improved health outcomes at a global level."

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    Jun 22 2009 - 4:25pm

    Sierra Leone

    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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