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A Comprehensive Approach to Women’s Health: Lessons From the Mexican Health Reform

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 12, 2012March 31, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In a recent paper published in BMC Women’s Health, Julio Frenk,  Octavio Gomez-Dantez and Ana Langer (Director of the Maternal Health Task Force) explore the “conceptual evolution” from maternal to reproductive to women’s health–within the context of health reform in Mexico.Take a look at the abstract:BackgroundThis paper discusses the way in which women’s health concerns were addressed in Mexico as part of a health system reform.DiscussionThe first part sets the context by examining the growing complexity that characterizes the global health field, where women’s needs occupy center stage. Part two briefly describes a critical conceptual evolution, i.e. from maternal to reproductive to women’s health. In the third and last section, the novel “women and health” (W&H) approach and its translation into policies and programs in the context of a structural health reform in Mexico is discussed. W&H simultaneously focuses on women’s health needs and women’s critical roles as both formal and informal providers of health care, and the links between these two dimensions.SummaryThe most important message of this paper is that broad changes in health systems offer the opportunity to address women’s health needs through innovative approaches focused on promoting gender equality and empowering women as drivers of change.Access the PDF of the full article here.Share this:last_img read more