Presently women have different and unequal access to and use of basic health resources, including primary health services for the prevention and treatment of diseases, pregnancy, and health maintenance.

Privatization of health-care systems without appropriate guarantees of universal access to affordable health care reduces health-care availability. Globally, public health spending has decreased. Public health systems have deteriorated. Medical research done on human anatomy is predominately focused on the male.

Women are subject to particular health risks due to inadequate responsiveness and lack of services to meet health needs related to sexuality and reproduction.

Unsafe abortions threaten the lives of a large number of women, representing a grave public health problem as it is primarily the poorest and youngest who take the highest risk.

Complications related to pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity of women of reproductive age.

Most of these deaths, health problems and injuries are preventable through improved access to adequate healthcare services, including safe and effective reproductive planning methods and emergency obstetric care.


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