Celebrating International Day of Action for Women’s Health
World over, May 28th is recognized as “International Day of Action for Women’s Health”. It has been commemorated by women’s health advocates and their communities since 1987. On this day, women’s health becomes the focus, serving a good opportunity to remind the various Ministries of Health, and ruling ministers, as well as international agencies of their commitments to women’s health and rights. The day has also been a platform for campaigning for advocating and advancing the concepts of sexuality, sexual rights and reproductive rights and health frameworks at national, regional and international level.
For many years now, Centre for Social Research has been an advocate for women’s health. The various nutrition and health camps conducted on an almost monthly basis are proof of this. For the purpose of these camps, CSR has established linkages with various reputed hospitals, clinics and individual doctors, who help in the success of these camps. In these camps, doctors of various specializations meet the people, and provide their services free of cost. They also provide prescriptions for necessary medicines, and these medicines are provided to the patients at a medicine counter, established within the camp itself. In case of a health issue requiring greater medical care, then the patients are referred to the right doctors and/or hospitals.
Women’s health is an oft ignored aspect of women’s empowerment. In many societies, due to poverty, societal constraints and lack of knowledge and education, it is often side lined, not just by civil society and government agencies, but by women themselves. While CSR’s initiatives are a small step towards ensuring that women’s health is given more importance, it is also important that such initiatives become a regular occurrence at the field level. Our society cannot progress unless our women are healthy.
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