Global health – Women first

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to start to learn more about challenges and issues in health on a global scale. The link between improving the health of a woman the subsequent improvement of the health of a nation was a concept that was familiar to me through commonplace discussions and rhetoric from NGO’s and multilaterals, but I was fascinated to begin to touch upon details of the nature of the relationship in association with malnutrition and maternal health. Staggering proportions of mortality and morbidity in the so-called “developing” countries are continually reported from the issues above in addition to other diseases which play their role in compounding the situation. Skewing the focus of any health-related intervention towards women of all ages (appropriate to each health challenge) whether it be for improved socio-economic conditions, including raising education levels, lays the foundation for long-term improvements and provides a chance to attempt to weaken vicious cycles of poor health outcomes often reported. I think Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the current executive director of UN Women, touches on a part of this in the clip, from the angle of empowerment.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2013/nov/19/un-women-phumzile-mlambo-ngcuka-video

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