Women are key in maintaining healthy families and a litmus test for the economic strength of communities. Across her lifespan, a woman’s health status matters to herself, her family, and to her community. While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower quality of life for women. Unequal access to information, care, and basic health practices increases the health risks for women, as do chronic health problems, higher rates of disability, and lower incomes. A woman’s wellness is directly tied to her ability to engage in economically productive activities―more income and financial independence to increase household spending on nutrition, health, and education, leading to stability and growth.
Primary attention given to challenges impacting women’s health and wellness can provide a foundation for interventions and integrated solutions across multiple sectors and create progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
PAHO Foundation has a vision for this solution!
We are thrilled to collaborate with fantastic partners on an initiative strengthening women’s health and wellness. Over the next several months, we will invite other partners and stakeholders, from both the private and public sectors, to join us in moving beyond conversations to eliminate barriers to women’s health and wellness. We will share tools and catalyze action to achieve communities where women and families can live long, healthy, dignified, and productive lives.
We invite you to join us on this journey! Find links below on how you can support our work by donating toward the campaign and/or partnering with us!
In addition to this campaign, PAHO Foundation has worked to improve women's health through the promotion of maternity waiting homes in Guatemala and the innovation of women's cancer prevention and control systems in LAC, among other programs which you can read more on by visiting our initiatives page.
PAHO Foundation has invited members of its team and the public to engage in videos, sharing what women's health means to them, raising awareness on the Foundation's important work advancing women's health as well as showcasing the value of women's health in maintaining healthy communities and economies. Watch the other videos by visiting the Foundation's YouTube channel.