A world with “GENDER EQUALITY” and “REDUCED INEQUALITIES” in healthcare for women.
Empowering women as “change agents” and “gate keepers” to prevent and control non-communicable diseases as a beneficiary; and for her family and society, to reach highest attainable standard of health to prevent “health shock-poverty” vicious cycle and build healthy communities.
Dr Arpitha is women’s health specialist and has been working in the field for last 20 years. She is also specialised in reproductive medicine (London) and works as infertility specialist in Hyderabad. She is a strong women’s health advocate. She believes women has potential to play larger role in the fight against NCDs, and women role as “change agents” of families and communities with respect to healthy behaviours is often underutilized.
WELL WOMEN, WELL FAMILY.
NCDs challenge development and human rights for everyone and are intrinsically linked to poverty. Noncommunicable diseases act as key barriers to poverty alleviation and sustainable development. 82% of all NCD-related premature deaths are in low- and middle-income countries.
NCDs have been the leading causes of death among women globally for at least the past three decades and are now responsible for two in every three deaths among women each year. This burden is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades, especially in Low and Middle income Countries. Emergent health challenges are transforming the landscape of women's health needs in most low- and middle-income countries. The NCD epidemic poses a serious burden on women's health, threatening the most vulnerable girls, women and communities that have been the focus of hard-fought health and development successes over the past decades.
NCDs impact women who are left exposed through persistent social, gender and economic inequalities and overall pervasive inequities in access to health information, appropriate access to care and life-saving technologies.