Enhancing Women's Health
Women need health care and access to health system more than men despite the fact that women seek more medical care, use more health services, spend more on medications, and sufer greater disability from diseases. This is due to their reproductive and sexual health needs, they also have more chronic non-reproductive health issues such as cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, STDs, mental illness, osteoporosis and Fistula. 51% of the Uganda's population is female and occupy multiple significant roles in the society as well as serve as primary caregivers making 87% of health care decisions in families. There is 22,542,922 women in Uganda yet anumber of factors including poverty, discriminatrion, and violence undermine women's health. The health status of women is critically linked to their empowerment and fundamental freedom. Women's rights are essential to national development, economic growth and global progress. However women in some parts of Uganda discrimination and denial of basic rights, beginning in infancy, negatively impacts their health and the trajectory of their lives. Gender remains an important social determinant of health, since women's health is influenced not just by their biology but also by various conditions such poverty.
It's easier to fight a potential problem in the early stages, rather than until the problem fully develops into something more serious. Growth Networks through our mobilization strategy, we educate women about what causes these health problems and what they can do to prevent them, it's our first and important step to prevent common women health problems. We encourage women to go for regular cancer and STD screening, get vaccinated against common diseases such as HPV and Hepatitis. Growth Networks also aims at taking these services to the rural and urban poor women by weaving women's health focus into the fabric of all ministries and offices as well as colaborating with other public and private sector organizations to improve women's health across the life span and eliminate health disparities.