2020: Focus on health to solve inequalities for women 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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WPL recognises the importance of forging relationships between female politicians, female leadership in the Health Workforce, and high-level stakeholders from the health sector to help ensure that healthcare policy reflects the needs of women, as well as study the impact between healthy women and healthy economies.

In 2020, the world has seen a surge in mental health being adversely affected by the pandemic. Acknowledging the urgency to seriously reconsider approaches to mental health, WPL partnered with Centene Corporation, a multi-national healthcare enterprise committed to helping people live healthier lives, to conduct an informative research project measuring the current state of mental healthcare in Europe. The final report is to be published at the end of January 2021.

Progress on solving inequalities for women also comes from adequately addressing gender-prone health problems as iron deficiency, whose consequences primarily befall women. Gender inequalities in both national and international health care systems have led to a gross oversight in the management, treatment and diagnosis of various diseases, such as chronic diseases. To ensure awareness and action, WPL partnered with Vifor Pharma in 2020 to create a gender-sensitive toolkit providing a comprehensive overview of iron deficiency) and iron deficiency anemia in women, in addition to underscoring their adverse socio-economic effects.. It serves as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for policymakers to spearhead a collaborative, multidisciplinary policy response that will help significantly reduce the presence of ID and IDA in women within the next few years.