A new agenda for women's health and nutrition by World Bank

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1). To reach women effectively, health systems must take into account the biological factors that increase health risks for women and such sociocultural determinants of health as age at marriage, as well as psychological factors, such as depression arising from gender violence. Over the longer term, broader effortsparticularly increased female educationwill help reduce many of the barriers to women's health. 1. The maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth per 100,000 live births.

Efforts to redress socioeconomic inequities must complement health sector reform. Existing services can be improved, extended, and tailored to fit local conditions. For example, where cultural norms discourage women from receiving care from men, governments could recruit and train more female health providers. Collection and analysis of gender-specific information on health care utilization and health status can guide these efforts. Finally, education can promote positive health behaviors and change harmful attitudes and conduct.

In addition, women derive substantial benefits from interventions that target health problems exclusive to women, such as cervical cancer. 1). Highly cost-effective interventionsthose costing less than $100 per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) savedan benefit more females than males between the ages of 5 and 44. The health problems of women aged 15 to 44especially those related to reproductionare particularly responsive to cost-effective prevention and treatment. 1) either directly benefit girls and women or are targeted to them as a means of improving infant health.

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