International health organizations

International health organizations

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Carla Marcelis
Mira Shiva
Edition: 
Vol 7, No.4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1986
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses how the marketing of controversial drugs in developing countries demonstrates the power and priorities of the pharmaceutical industry. Example highlighted: Estrogen-Progesterone combination drugs. 

An open letter to WTO members

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Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Women and Health Protection
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2002

This letter outlines Women and Health Protection's objections to efforts by the United States and other countries to limit the scope of diseases covered under the Doha Declaration of November 2001.

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Gender, health and malaria

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
World Health Organization
Publisher: 
World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
June 2007

Malaria remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. A thorough understanding of the gender-related dynamics of treatment-seeking behaviour, as well as of decision-making, resource allocation and financial authority within households is key to ensuring effective malaria control programmes. This information sheet presents evidence about sex, gender and malaria and points out research gaps as well as policy implications.

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Strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into the work of WHO

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English
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Author: 
World Health Organization
Publisher: 
World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

This document presents the World Health Organization's strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into its work. It also reproduces resolution WHO60.25 which was adopted by the Sixtieth World Health Assembly in May 2007. The strategy elaborates four strategic directions that aim to enhance and expand WHO's capacity to analyse the role of gender and sex in health and to monitor and address systemic and avoidable gender-based inequalities in health, as follows: building WHO capacity for gender analysis and planning; bringing gender into the mainstream of WHO's management; promoting use of sex-disaggregated data and gender analysis; and establishing accountability. It is intended for all WHO managers, technical and administrative staff because gender is a cross-cutting issue

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ISBN 9789241597708

Women and health: today's evidence, tomorrow's agenda

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English
Translated Title: 
Les femmes et la santé : la réalité d’aujourd’hui, le programme de demain
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Paper
Online
Author: 
World Health Organization
Publisher: 
World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
November 2009
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

Reports on women and health – both women’s health needs and their contribution to the health of societies. Women’s health has long been a concern for WHO but today it has become an urgent priority. This report explains why. Using current data, it takes stock of what we know now about the health of women throughout their lives and across the different regions of the world. The key finding of this report is that, despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies throughout the world continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age.

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ISBN 9789241563857

Reducing maternal mortality: the contribution of the right to the highest attainable standard of health

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English
Author: 
Judith Bueno de Mesquita
Paul Hunt
Publisher: 
United Nations Population Fund
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

From the introduction:

“Over half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and birth. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, States resolved to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters by the year 2015. This commitment is encapsulated in the Millennium Development Goals, which derive from the Millennium Summit commitments, and which have come to play a defining role in international development efforts. Goal 5 is a commitment to improve maternal health: the reduction of maternal mortality is an outcome chosen to assess progress in this regard. This resolve by States to reduce maternal mortality is not new. However, never before has the issue been given such prominence on the international development agenda.”

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Ageing, discrimination and older women's human rights: from the perspectives of CEDAW convention

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English
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Online
Author: 
Ferdous Ara Begum
Publisher: 
UN CEDAW Committee

Population ageing is a global phenomenon due to improvements in basic health care and living standards as well as declines in fertility rates and rising longevity. Both men and women face discrimination due to old age, but women experience ageing differently. Gender relations structure the entire life cycle, from birth to old age, influencing access to resources and opportunities and shaping life choices at every stage. Good health, economic security and adequate housing are essential requirements of ageing with dignity, but older women in both developed and developing countries face difficulties in accessing these on a basis of equality with men.

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Prairie Women's Health Centre: knowledge sharing in Tasmania

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English
Author: 
Harpa Isfeld
Margaret Haworth-Brockman
Publisher: 
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Upon returning from Tasmania, the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) is excited about sharing successes with our international sister centres at the 6th Australian Women's Health Conference, held May 18-21 2010 in Hobart Tasmania. There, our delegates enjoyed an exciting opportunity to share recent work in gender and health planning.  This presentation (PowerPoint) recounted the process, methods, and content developed by the Centre for the delivery of workshops on gender-based analysis to regional health authority staff throughout Manitoba and in parts of Saskatchewan. Successes and challenges in workshop design and delivery were highlighted, including benefits and pitfalls in utilizing health indicator data to illustrate the relevance of gender for health planning.

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Joint United Nation Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

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NGO - Non Government Organization
Services Provided: 
Health promotion
Research
Community education/development
Advocacy
Policy development

As the main advocate for worldwide action against HIV/AIDS, their mandate is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to the epidemic including preventing the spread of HIV, provide care and support for those infected and affected by the disease, reduce the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviate the socioeconomic and human impact of the epidemic. Composed of 8 organizations in a joint and cosponsored programme.

Primary Telephone: 
+4122 791 3666
Website/URL: 
Email Address: 
unaids@unaids.org
Fax Number: 
+4122 791 4187
Street Address: 
20, avenue Appia
City: 
Geneva
Postal/ZIP Code: 
CH-1211

Centre for Development and Population Activities

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
Services Provided: 
Health promotion
Training
Community education/development
Advocacy

Forms an international nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Primary Telephone: 
202-667-1142
Website/URL: 
Email Address: 
cmail@cedpa.org
Fax Number: 
202-332-4496
Street Address: 
800-1133 21st St NW
City: 
Washington
Province: 
District of Columbia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
20036
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