Women’s health program

Over the past few decades, global efforts to improve the health of women and girls have largely focused on reducing unacceptably high levels of maternal mortality and morbidity. These efforts have led to a shift in the global burden of disease for women. In almost every country, non-communicable diseases and injuries (NCDIs) are now the leading causes of mortality and morbidity for women.

The overarching principle of our Global Women’s Health Program is to promote a life-course approach to addressing women’s health issues.  This approach encourages researchers to look at women’s and girls’ health and well-being from birth to death as interconnected periods, in which early health-related measures can be indicators for health outcomes later in life.

Our goal is to support the lifelong health, well-being, safety and productivity of women by:

  1. addressing the leading causes of death and disability for women, specifically non-communicable disease and injury
  2. improving our understanding of the biological and social differences between women and men and how those differences affect health
  3. addressing other important women-specific health issues

Our women’s health program takes a multi-faceted approach to improve women’s health through research, policy, and advocacy.  

Current and emerging programs of work include:

  1. Integrating the management of pregnancy with NCDI prevention
  2. Sex and gender disaggregated analysis of health and medical data
  3. Women as healthcare workers
  4. Gender-based violence
  5. Gynecological health

Download Global Women's Health Program brochure (PDF 950KB)

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