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Driving Action to Improve Global Women’s Health Through Data

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SPEAKERS:
Dr. Susan Harvey, Vice President, Worldwide Medical Affairs, Hologic
H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Former President, Republic of Croatia; Concordia Leadership Council Member 
Caitlin Ownes, Reporter, AXIOS
Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Minister of Health of Ethiopia Federal, Ministry of Health of Ethiopia

Opening the session, Caitlin Ownes, Health Reporter at AXIOS, noted that Hologic is driving action to improve women’s health through data. Dr. Susan Harvey, Vice President of Worldwide Medical Affairs at Hologic, explained that Hologic was unveiling its second set of data around women’s health experiences, because improving something requires measuring it. Women are the foundations of family, communities, and economies, and approximately 1.5 billion women and girls lack access to preventative care. The study captured data around preventative care, basic needs, emotional health, individual health, and opinions on health and safety. 

Looking at concrete examples. Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Minister of Health of Ethiopia Federal, described how her country is investing in women’s health with a focus on prevention, health promotion, and public health. Ethiopia is specifically focusing on maternal mortality and has achieved a 72% reduction in mortality rates, though disparities remain high. H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Former President of the Republic of Croatia and Concordia Leadership Council Member, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities in equal health access. She expects the data will show a rise in cancers and chronic diseases due to lack of preventative care, and increased mental health issues and substance abuse rates. 

Dr. Harvey explained that health issues are intertwined with social issues like food insecurity. Measuring the data is crucial to understanding where we are. Dr. Gebremedhin concurred and suggested that barriers including finance should be considered. Former President Grabar-Kitarović expressed her belief that women need to be in leadership positions where they can make decisions and model appropriate health behavior.  

 

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Women’s health data is a critical component to identify gaps and improve access worldwide. Hologic is capturing data around issues including preventative care, emotional health, and basic needs. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and other global challenges have disproportionately affected women and exacerbated disparities in healthcare. Measuring the data is the first step to understanding how to address regressions.

“Women are the foundation of families, communities, and economies, so it is essential they have access to preventative care.”

 

Dr. Susan Harvey, Vice President, Worldwide Medical Affairs, Hologic

“Every year we talk about the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the cutting issues across is gender equality. We see significant, worsening gender discrepancy in women’s health.”

 

H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Former President, Republic of Croatia; Concordia Leadership Council Member

“The sad irony is women’s health issues are not being discussed by women in leadership positions, especially at the governmental level.”

 

Caitlin Ownes, Health Reporter, AXIOS

“A strong community health system is one of the foundations we have learned that needs to be scaled.” 

 

Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, MInister of Health of Ethiopia Federal, Ministry of Health of Ethiopia