Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Importance of Women's Health

Did you know that investing in women's health contributes to not only economic growth, but builds and secures nations? The launch of The Global Strategy for Womens and Children's Health can be found here.

Fact: Maternal deaths worldwide dropped 34% from 1990 to 2008, a decline attributed to increased training of midwives, strengthening of hospitals and health centers, among other factors.

Taking a closer look we see that the strategy focuses largely on the ways that already effective, qualified, and known services are delivered and implemented.This contributes to over 170 countries and organizations worldwide. Encouraging women to have better health care, take advantage of health services, and educating women on foundations and resources is just the beginning.

What's being done, you ask? "A diverse group of stakeholders, including the World Bank, pledged more than $40 billion toward the plan, which aims to prevent the deaths of more than 15 million children under five; 33 million unwanted pregnancies; and 740,000 women from dying from complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth, before 2015."

-Shereen Alibhai