Global: NCDs are a priority for women's health
NCDs are increasingly impacting women globally according to a report from the International Diabetes Federation. NCDs are the leading cause of death in women with an estimated 18 million deaths annually. Women in developing countries, often at the prime of their life, have a distinct vulnerability to NCD risk factors. However according to advocates, in the realm of women's health, NCDs have taken a back seat to reproductive and maternal health. With today's rising NCD epidemic, women's health issues will require an integrated approach to health, taking in to account the varying factors and events that take place throughout a woman's life course. Experts believe it is critical that the unique challenges facing women's health be incorporated into the UN High-Level Meeting agenda and that political commitments and measurable actions are agreed upon.
"Halting the rise of non-communicable disease: An urgent priority for women's health"
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2011; 92(1): 143-144
Date Posted: 3 May 2011