Gender, equity and human rights

Pay a tribute to health workers #ThanksHealthHero

They are doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers who selflessly serve their communities, often with little access to resources and sometimes at great risk to their own lives. This campaign pays tribute to their courage, dedication and sacrifice. Join us, between World Humanitarian Day and the World Humanitarian Summit, as we send messages of thenaks to health heroes around the world, using the hashtag #ThanksHealthHero.

State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

The report delivers both promising and disappointing messages about the situation in low- and middle-income countries. Within-country inequalities have narrowed, with a tendency for national improvements driven by faster improvements in disadvantaged subgroups.
However, inequalities still persist in most reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health indicators. The extent of within-country inequality differed by dimension of inequality and by country, country income group and geographical region. There is still much progress to be made in reducing inequalities in RMNCH.

Top ten issues for women's health

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WHO/SEARO/Anubhav Das

8 March 2015 – International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women, but also a day to take stock of how women’s rights are fulfilled worldwide, especially the right to health. Progress has been made 20 years after commitments were made in Beijing to the Declaration and Platform for Action, but women still face many health challenges.


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1 in 3women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from her partner;

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99%of maternal deaths occur in developing countries

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100 millionpeople globally are pushed below the poverty line every year as a result of health care expenditure

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People have vastly different stories to tell about their health depending on a variety of social determinants.

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