6 Biggest Health Challenges Women Face Today, And What Can YOU Do To Help - BuzzFanzine

6 Biggest Health Challenges Women Face Today, And What Can YOU Do To Help

6 Biggest Health Challenges Women Face Today, And What Can YOU Do To Help

It`s a well known fact that women have longer life expectancy than man, but living longer and living a healthy life are two different things. In 2009 there was a study issued by the World Health Organization, which confirmed that women are more vulnerable and more affected from certain diseases than man. Also, when compared to men, women from birth onwards are likely to receive inferior health care.

Here are 6 biggest health challenges women face each day and things you can do to help:

1. Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a general problem that affects millions of people, but it hits women much harder than men, especially at birth because anemia is very common in the developing countries and women with vitamin deficiencies are more likely to die during childbirth. In fact, every year there are 110.000 deaths during childbirth because of malnutrition.

What Can YOU Do:

You can donate to organizations like Action Against Hunger and World Food Programme who understand the gender dynamics and the impact hunger has on them. Their work also involves food security and nutrition issues.

2. Mental Health

Looking at the state of women`s health it’s easy to forget about mental health afflictions like depression. Maybe they are not visible, but their impact is devastating. Depression and anxiety disorders are more likely to hit women much harder, especially the ones that have experienced some kind of violent conflict, a disaster or domestic violence.

What Can YOU Do:

You can always help out by donating to charities like NAMI and help by involving in programs like the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme that bring mental health services to people in need.

3. HIV/AIDS

Gender norms play a huge role in the spread of these diseases, in fact, in some regions like sub-Saharan Africa, more that 60% of people living with HIV/AIDS are women. In these and other third world countries, women are denied the right to refuse intercourse with their partners and they also lack resources for treatment if needed. In other parts of the world half of the 35m people fighting with HIV/AIDS are women.

What Can YOU Do:

Get involved in one of many international charities like the Athene Netword and SisterLove Inc. that are focused on women and HIV.

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