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Women from all over the world have been observed to have health issues years after the epidemic, and the risks are higher in the second year than in the first.
A medical technology business called Hologic joined with Gallup to spearhead a global study analyzing women’s health issues and how various nations manage them. General health, mental health, safety, preventative care, and basic needs were the five factors that made up the assessment.
Netted out of 100, the 2020 survey received a 54. The rating was 53 out of 100 a year later, showing a modest decline. Additionally, all of the studied countries’ scores for the Global Women’s Health Index in 2021 were no greater than 70, which is a significantly lower score across all nations around the globe.
The top-scoring countries were four. In this group are Taiwan, Latvia, Austria, and Denmark. Venezuela, Congo, and Afghanistan had the three lowest scores. With a score of 61 out of 100, the US landed in 23rd place.
The Director of the Institute of Gender in Medicine in Berlin, Gertraud Stadler, said, “The economic and psychological burden of the pandemic will weigh down many households for a while, and we know that it particularly affected women.”
According to statistics compiled by Gallup and Hologic, the year 2021 saw a decade-long increase in the levels of sadness, rage, worry, and stress experienced by women.
“We understand you can only impact and improve what you measure. Overall, the data is sobering. And we understand that we need women to be healthy to fully engage and be empowered. It’s clear that the time has come to work together and begin to find solutions and improve women’s health care,” stated Dr. Susan Harvey of the John Hopkins School of Medicine.
Care for women is lacking
What has to be worked upon may be identified using the five main categories that Gallup and Hologic measured. Additionally, they could influence how long women anticipate living. For instance, access to medical care increased women’s life expectancy by two years compared to those without such access.
Regarding preventative care, the US performed better in 2021 than in 2020. The nation is second only to Latvia in terms of overall rankings. Dr. Harvey said the public should be delighted even if it’s only a slight improvement.
“Overall, though, the world is failing women in preventive care,” she added.
More than 1.5 billion women did not have access to preventative care in 2021. Moreover, a poll shows that women are more likely than males to have cancer.
Katie Schubert, the Society for Women’s Health Research CEO, said, “This goes back to a lot of those different burdens that women are taking on, both from the perspective of being a caregiver but also being a part of their community.”
“In the US, for example, Schubert says, women are more likely to go to a well visit for their child than they are for themselves. And the share of women who don’t show up for a key doctor’s visit at six weeks postpartum is “pretty striking.”
Society is lifted when women are lifted
In order for society to function at its optimum potential, scientists agree that women must be taken care of.
“Women often have the role of health manager in their families and communities. And they are taking on a large share of care work, so children, partners, parents benefit as well from women’s health,” Stadler added.
“Without this foundational health and well-being of women, we won’t be able to advance any of the goals related to economic stability or equity in socio-economic development. That really all stands on the shoulders of a healthy environment, a healthy person and healthy outcomes.”
Sima Bahous, the executive director of UN Women, said that “It is critical that we rally now to invest in women and girls to reclaim and accelerate progress. The data show undeniable regressions in their lives made worse by the global crises – in incomes, safety, education, and health. The longer we take to reverse this trend, the more it will cost us all.”
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