Penn Nursing

As simple as toilets and housing

In Women's Health on March 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Women around the world face a myriad of health issues that are best-served by gender-specific responses to issues such as cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and depression.

We’ve gathered an ‘A’ list of experts to talk about these issues, how they are exasperated for urban dwellers and what steps to take to deal with it.

Among the speakers is Sheela Patel, the founder and Director of Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centers, an NGO established in 1984 to address the problems of women pavement dwellers in Mumbai, India. Under Patel’s leadership, SPARC has been responsible for the construction of housing for over 8,500 families and over 500,000 toilets and latrines.

It sounds like something as simple as toilets and housing can solve women’s health problems, but Patel will talk about the difficult steps to get there to help thousands of poor women in India.

–         Judi Hasson

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