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A New Agenda for Women's Health and Nutrition

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Examines issues in women's health and sets forth a strategy for improving female health and nutrition. Recommends cost-effective interventions, policy reforms, and public education programs.
This timely publication gives well-deserved attention to the health risks facing women in developing countries. Investments that improve women's health and nutrition contribute to poverty alleviation and human resource development. They are therefore justified on both humanitarian and economic grounds.
This booklet examines the major health problems affecting women in the developing world. These include undernutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy complications, cervical and breast cancer, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and genital mutilation. The paper presents a strategy for developing countries and the international aid community to alleviate the situation. It recommends policy reforms and public education programs that promote positive health practices and reduce gender discrimination.
Special attention to girls is urged, since adolescence is the stage at which the intergenerational cycle of early pregnancy, poor health and nutrition, and poverty can be broken. Also emphasized are efforts to improve women's low social status and involve women more fully in development projects. French edition out of print ("Nouveau programme d'action pour la santé et la nutrition des femmes"): (ISBN 0-8213-3389-5) Stock No. 13389.

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