Women's health and the city: A comprehensive approach for the developing world

Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés

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The changing context of urban conglomerates in developing countries offers the opportunity to re-evaluate women's health needs. The increasing exposure of urban women in low- and middle-income countries to health risks associated with noncommunicable diseases demands the design of comprehensive approaches. To confront these novel challenges, health systems are being forced to design innovative public health strategies, increase social protection in health, expand the pool of interventions available in health-care units beyond maternal care, make use of the tools generated by new information and communications technologies, and take advantage of the global movement to recognize health care as a human right. Those local health systems willing to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century in this comprehensive way will improve not only the health of urban women, a desirable goal in itself, but also the well-being and security of their entire populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWomen's Health and the World's Cities
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780812243536
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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