A comprehensive approach to women's health: Lessons from the Mexican health reform

Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Ana Langer

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Background: This paper discusses the way in which women's health concerns were addressed in Mexico as part of a health system reform.Discussion: 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.Summary: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number42
JournalBMC Women's Health
StatePublished - Dec 10 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Fair Start in Life
  • Mexican health reform
  • Women and health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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