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

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By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health Initiative

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:

This paper discusses the way in which women’s health concerns were addressed in Mexico as part of a health system reform.

The 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.

The 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.