Gender, women and health

Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda

Despite progress, societies continue to fail women at key times of their lives

Cover of report on women and health.

Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age. These are the key findings of the WHO report Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda.

WHO calls for urgent action both within the health sector and beyond to improve the health and lives of girls and women around the world, from birth to older age.

The report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women's specific needs and health challenges over their entire life-course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on the health and leading causes of death in women from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, to older age.

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