We the women!!!
International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. This day is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also aims to raise awareness about the challenges and discrimination that women still face in various aspects of their lives, including health.
Women's health is a complex and multifaceted issue that is influenced by a wide range of factors, including biological, social, cultural, and economic factors. Some of the key health issues that affect women include reproductive health, maternal health, mental health, cardiovascular disease, and cancer
Reproductive health is a critical issue for women, and it includes a range of concerns related to the reproductive system, such as contraception, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. Access to quality reproductive health care, including family planning services and safe abortion services, is essential for women's health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, many women around the world still lack access to these services due to social, cultural, or economic barriers. Maternal health is another crucial area of concern for women's health. Every year, thousands of women die from pregnancy-related complications, with the majority of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Ensuring access to quality maternal health care, including prenatal care, skilled birth attendants, and emergency obstetric care, can help reduce the number of maternal deaths.
Mental health is another critical aspect of women's health. Women are more likely than men to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. These conditions can have a significant impact on women's quality of life and can also affect their physical health. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and to seek help when needed. Cancer is another significant health concern for women. Breast cancer, cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer are among the most common cancers affecting women. Early detection and treatment are crucial for improving outcomes for women with cancer.
In conclusion, women's health is a complex issue that requires a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach. Access to quality health care, including reproductive health care, maternal health care, and mental health care, is essential for promoting women's health and wellbeing. Women also need to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and not smoking, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health conditions. On International Women's Day, we must recognize the importance of promoting and protecting women's health and wellbeing.
Dr Hafis Sherief
ASS PROF FMHMC