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Do you have a plan?

In Women's Health on April 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

This year’s International Congress on Women’s Health Issues has a plan. It sounds simple and easy to accomplish. It will look at urban planning with an eye to identifying potential paths for better supporting women’s health. But the devil is in the details, of course.

The plan will develop strategies for efficient delivery of health promotion, health education, and disease and injury prevention guidelines for urban women everywhere.

The final piece of the plan is to get the word out – become the town crier – let people know about the recommendations for urban women’s health. That includes key players in the global health, urban planning and urban finance fields. And then move to action.

Does this sound like hard work? It sure is. An idea does not become a plan until it’s communicated far and wide. A policy does not emerge until all the partners have signed off and moved it forward.

Will it take a long time? We hope not because women’s health issues worldwide are reaching a crisis and have no more time to waste.

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Speaking of Women’s Health

In Women's Health on March 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

There’s a new challenge facing health officials around the world and in the United States as women move into urban areas and face new health crises as they move into cities in many cases just to survive.

The 18th Annual International Congress on Women’s Health Issues is bringing together experts in the field and on the ground from all over the world.

They will speak on a wide variety of health issues facing women both domestically and globally and look for solutions to its many problems.

Among the speakers at the conference:

  • Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State
  • Patricia Davidson, PhD, Director, Cardiovascular and Chronic Care Centre Curtin University of Technology
    School of Nursing and Midwifery in Sydney, Australia
  • Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD, Dean Harvard School of Public Health, Professor of Public Health and International Development
  • Sheela Patel, Founder and Director Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres in Mumbai, India
  • Judy Nursigan, executive director and Founder, Our Bodies Ourselves
  • Susan Purdin, Deputy Health Director International Rescue Committee

Many others will be speaking at plenary sessions throughout the four-day event. Check out the schedule of events for a list of experts.

Improving the Economy by Educating Girls

In Women's Health on March 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

Research shows that educating girls creates a better environment for economic growth.  An extra year of primary school increases a girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent; an extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. Although attendance at school is higher in urban than rural areas, poverty and gender strongly influence school attendance.  In developing countries, whether in rural or urban communities, vulnerable girls are particularly challenged in continuing their education with the onset of puberty.  In these areas, only 43% of secondary-school-age girls are in school. 

The plenary session Keeping Girls in School: Supporting Girls Health to Promote Their Empowerment supported by Procter & Gamble will raise awareness of and establish a dialog about supporting vulnerable girls’ health and educational needs in order to keep them in school and promote their empowerment.  The speakers will raise awareness of what is known today in urban and rural districts and identify and discuss potential strategies and solutions to help to support girl’s health to promote their empowerment.

— Anne Hochwalt

Let’s Keep Girls in School

In Women's Health on March 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

What good is dispensing health care in urban settings if the bigger problem of education is not wrestled to the ground?

The 18th annual International Congress on Women’s Health Issues will investigate during one session what initiatives are needed to help women out of slum conditions.

The answer is education.

The Friday session called Keeping Girls in School: Supporting Girls Health to Promote Their Empowerment explores the importance of supporting vulnerable girls’ health and educational needs as a way to keep them in school and promote their empowerment.

Witnesses will analyze situations in urban and rural school districts globally and strategize ways to support vulnerable girls’ health to promote their empowerment.

Refugee Women Flood Cities

In Women's Health on March 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

The number of women living in cities is growing dramatically around the world, fueled by millions of refugees displaced by civil war, natural disasters and persecution.

The 18th Annual International Congress on Women’s Health Issues will look at cities and women’s health, mindful of these numbers and their devastating consequences.

Led by experts in global health issues, the four-day conference will look at health policy and new strategies to deliver better health to women in cities and urban settings in the United States and globally.

It will investigate the health care for refugee women forced to flee their homelands and face, in many cases, the complete absence of basic health services in slums where they are forced to settle.

Examples of this tragic story include the Iraqi refugee women and girls in Jordan, the Sudanese migrating to Uganda due to civil war, and Cambodian refugees in Thailand. But there are plenty of other places around the globe where women face substandard living conditions that breed significant health problems.

Some of the solutions to be discussed during the conference are as simple as providing access to menstrual pads to women and girls to make their lives easier. But most of the time, the problems are far more complex and the solutions more difficult.

The sessions will discuss the challenges facing displaced women and girls all over the world. That includes sexual violence, malnutrition and socio-economic and educational disparities. And it will look for strategies to impact these populations of women.

The Underbelly of Women’s Health

In Women's Health on March 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Like it or not, women from any kind of social status need health care, whether they are sex workers or in prison, too.

Two sessions at this four-day conference underscore just that issue.

At a session on providing health care behind prison walls, the conference looks at the health care needs of incarcerated women – a large and steadily growing number.

The second session studies sex workers, the dangers they face and how to create a safe and healthy environment for them.

These seminars are a clear reminder that women’s health reaches far beyond the confines of easy medical practice where patients have health insurance and healthy lifestyles.

Upcoming sessions

In Women's Health on March 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

There’s plenty of meat in this year’s international women’s health conference.

Among the upcoming sessions:

  • Domestic violence experienced by Mexican American women and among urban women in Bangladesh.
  • Transforming urban environments and making them healthier places for women to live.
  • How homeless women congregate in cities where finding gynecologic care is difficult.
  • The lack of services for older, elderly women who live alone in cities.

Urban pollutions are growing at an unprecedented pace. Although much is known about the health of women, far less is known about the practice of public health and the health impact of living in an urban environment.

What is the answer? We hope to make big strides in identifying the problems and looking for ways to solve them.

–         Judi Hasson

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

Can a latrine really make a difference in improving women’s health?

In Women's Health on March 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Penn- ICOWHI conference

The 18th annual international women’s health conference April 7-10

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Can a latrine really make a difference in improving women’s health?

In many parts of the world, it certainly can. It’s one of many issues that are the focus of this year’s conference on women’s health issues in urban settings around the world from the streets of Mumbai to health disparities in American cities like Philadelphia.

The lynchpin of all this is the impact of urban environments on women’s health. The 18th Congress on women’s health issues “Cities and Women’s Health: Global Perspectives” will look at all these issues and new strategies to enhance women’s health in cities.

It will look at health disparities around the world that impact women’s health. And it will investigate strategies to make their lives better and healthier.

The scope of the Penn-ICOWHI 18th International Congress is both global and interdisciplinary. Sessions look at diseases and conditions of women and girls in urban environments, the risk and resiliency of urban women and girls, the importance of educating girls and keeping them in school to empower them and how to foster health in urban environments.

–         Judi Hasson