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Years after the pandemic, it was discovered that women all over the world had health problems, although the dangers were greater in the second year than in the first.
A medical technology firm called Hologic collaborated with Gallup to lead a global study evaluating women’s health issues and how various nations manage them. General health, mental health, safety, preventative care, and basic requirements were the five factors that made up the poll.
The 2020 poll received a 54 out of 100 score. But a year later, it marginally decreased to 53 out of 100. The Global Women’s Health Index has also been comparatively lower overall, with none of the examined countries receiving more than 70 points in 2021.
Four nations were top performers, including Taiwan, Latvia, Austria, and Denmark. The three countries with the lowest scores were Afghanistan, Congo, and Venezuela. America came in at number 23 with a score of 61 out of 100.
“The economic and psychological burden of the pandemic will weigh down many households for a while, and we know that it particularly affected women,” Gertraud Stadler said, a director of the Institute of Gender in Medicine in Berlin.
According to data acquired by Gallup and Hologic, the year 2021 was the one in which women had the most significant increases in their levels of sadness, rage, worry, and stress.
“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,” Dr. Susan Harvey from the John Hopkins School of Medicine said.
Not taken care of enough
The five critical areas that Gallup and Hologic assessed will demonstrate where there is room for improvement. These could have an impact on how long women anticipate living. For instance, women who had access to medical care typically expected to live two more years than those who did not.
When it came to preventative care, the US performed better in 2021 than it did in 2020. In general, the nation comes in second place behind Latvia. Even though it is a little improvement, Dr. Harvey said the nation should be pleased.
“Overall, though, the world is failing women in preventive care,” she added.
More than 1.5 billion women were unable to receive preventative treatment in 2021. Additionally, a poll finds that women are more likely than males to have cancer.
“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,” said Katie Schubert, the CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research.
“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.”
Lifting women means lifting the society
Scientists agree that women must be cared for in order for society to function at its highest level.
“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 said.
“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.”
“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,” Sima Bahous said, the executive director of UN Women.
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