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            The Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan
 

International Women’s Day 2021

 
<p>​Women’s health is an orbit for a family’s wellbeing. The health and wellbeing of all populations around the world is dependent upon the health and wellbeing of girls and women. When we say women’s health, we account for their overall health and wellbeing: physical, mental, and emotional.</p><div>Primarily, women from middle and low-income families feel a greater challenge to make empowered and informed health choices. They have been victims to and struggled with issues and crises of gender empowerment and health equity and equality in general. In Pakistan, women bear a disproportionate burden of disease. Our country ranks high on few of the key global health indicators for women, including maternal mortality ratio. Both, socioeconomic and ethnic factors play a crucial role in shaping women’s health choices. Some of the most common and problematic health conditions amongst women population of our country are also considered as a taboo. For example, breast cancer, cervical and ovarian cancers, mental health, and pre- and post-natal health are some of the health conditions that take up considerable weight of women’s health issues in Pakistan. 
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</div><div>As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is also essential for our economy to work towards improving inequities in access to basic health care, nutrition, and education. Great distances from homes to healthcare centers, managing several domestic roles and work simultaneously, studies routine, increasing demand for home-making and raising children, lack of awareness of preventive health, and social customs that forbid women to visit or be visited by male heath workers compound health challenges faced by Pakistani women and girls requiring health care. 
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</div><div>It all comes down to acknowledging that young girls and women are amongst vulnerable members of our population. There remains a dire need to equip them with appropriate health education and accessibility to health support groups. There is no better support group than one’s family. Therefore, while women are encouraged to take charge of their health, their family members must also play an active role in eliminating health ignorance. 
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</div><div>A health-responsive woman is an alert woman. This year, let us all #ChoosetoChallenge health ignorance and make women’s health a priority. Let us pledge to not delay women’s health issues and seek appropriate and timely care for:</div><div><ol><li>Obstetrics and Gynaecology</li><li>Women’s heart issues</li><li>Women’s mental health
</li><li>Osteoporosis and other bone and joint issues
</li><li>High-risk pregnancy and other pregnancy issues
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</div><div>For information on Women&#39;s Health Screening Packages, please click below:
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</div><div><ul><li><a href="/pakistan/patients-families/health-packages/Documents/Women&#39;s%20Day%20Lab%20Packages%20March%202021.pdf">Women&#39;s Day Package​</a>​</li><li><a href="/pakistan/patients-families/health-packages/Documents/Well%20Women%20Screening%20Check-up%20under%2050%20years%2C%2029%20nov%202019.pdf">Well Woman Screening Checkup for Women Under 50 Years​</a></li><li><a href="/pakistan/patients-families/health-packages/Documents/Well%20Woman%20Screening%20Checkup%20for%20Women%20Over%2050%20Years.pdf">Well Woman Screening Checkup for Women Over 50 Years​​</a>​</li></ul></div><div>
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