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Global Health Disparities in Sexual and Reproductive Health Highlighted in Recent UN Report, According to ET HealthWorld

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UN report points to yawning gap of inequality in sexual and reproductive health worldwide, ET HealthWorld

A new study conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed alarming disparities in maternal health outcomes between African women and women in Europe or North America. According to the report, an African woman is approximately 130 times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than her counterparts in more developed regions. The study also highlighted the stark reality that nearly 500 maternal deaths occur in countries facing humanitarian crises or conflicts, further exacerbating the situation for women in these regions.

UNFPA’s latest “State of World Population” report sheds light on the widening inequality in sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The findings show that women of African descent in the Americas face higher risks of maternal mortality compared to white women. Despite some progress in reducing unintended pregnancies and maternal deaths over the years, the report underscores the urgent need to address the deep-rooted inequalities within societies and healthcare systems that continue to hinder progress in women’s health.

Dr. Natalia Kanem, the executive director of UNFPA, emphasized the need for increased investment in sexual and reproductive health, comprehensive sexuality education, and efforts to combat gender-based violence. The report also highlighted the detrimental impact of misinformation and discrimination in healthcare systems, urging for collective action to prioritize the well-being of all women, girls, and gender diverse individuals.

While acknowledging positive strides in legislation against domestic violence and discrimination, Kanem warned against the growing politicization of human reproduction and the increasing pushback against the rights of marginalized groups. The report serves as a poignant call to action for governments and stakeholders to prioritize equitable access to healthcare and ensure the protection of sexual and reproductive rights for all individuals worldwide.

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