Ensuring women’s health through policy making
Women’s health care happens to be one of the focus areas for the law makers. It is through the reforms and laws that the policy makers are able to ensure health care to women as a priority group. A woman’s health is central to her well being as well as that of her family and the future generation. Women also form a major part of economic resource that keeps the economy and society going. The security of the family, society and that of the nation depends largely upon women. Therefore ensuring health of women is essential to their productivity as well.
The health care legislation has got to deal with providing health care, affordability of the same and of the quality of healthcare. These three measures reflect and guide the governments focus and effort as well as status of women’s health in any society.
Health care needs of women are different in different societies. Though the biological lifecycle and the problems remain the same, the priority and the trend of health problems vary from country to country. Socio economic and ethnic or cultural backdrop of the society which the woman hails from too contributes to many of the health problems faced by women.
Women from lower economic backgrounds and from under developed as well as developing countries are often seen battling too many healths issues and concerns on hand. In some cases even basic primary healthcare is not available. Pregnancy and childbirth are supported in many cases by the locals who are untrained, causing issues with prenatal as well as post natal care of the mothers and the child mortality. Majority of women are also facing issues with regard to sex and sex related issues especially with HIV/AIDS. Economic hardships are driving them to suicides and depressions. Poor quality of hygiene makes them prone to infections and diseases as well.
In the economically forward societies and countries the scene is different. Women are well aware of their health needs and do have access to quality health care. However the problems faced by women in these countries is different. Many women are seen battling with cancer and lifestyle problems like diabetes, hyper tension and cholesterol etc. They too are victims of financial uncertainty and many succumb to alcoholism and substance abuse.
In all the above cases, the governments have a major role to play in creating the facilities providing quality health care at all levels and reachable to every corner as well as in making the same affordable through medical insurance and other social security schemes.
There is also a need to educate women about the need for health care and prompt them to visit the healthcare providers regularly. Regular screening and scanning to identify problems in the primitive stages is very important for women at certain ages. Besides the medical assistance required during pregnancy and childbirth, women need regular consultation with gynecologist and physicians to review their health and analyze their physical and mental behavior patterns from time to time. More importantly women need to be educated and made aware of the need for preventive health checkups, of nutrition and diet as well as the need for regular exercise to remain healthy.
All the above call for policy making and implementation through sustained campaigns and allocated budgets at national level. The performance of the Government gets to be seen from their focus and dedication to the women’s health programs.