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The global challenge of women's health

Stephen Leeder
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (6): 277. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.c0406

Sierra Leone, a West African state of 6 million, saw 11 000 cases and over 3000 deaths during last year's Ebola outbreak. A bitter civil war from 1991 to 2002, fuelled largely by fierce factions from neighbouring countries, led to 50 000 deaths and degradation of the country's infrastructure and social fabric. Sierra Leone's exports of diamonds and bauxite notwithstanding, the lack of a socially responsive polity and a largely agrarian population set the scene for the epidemic. Over 70% of its population live in extreme poverty.1

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  • Stephen Leeder

  • Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.

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access_time 01:38, 8 April 2015
Camille Raynes-Greenow

Excellent to see the MJA highlighting global women's health. Rather than having a disease specific focus it is good to think of the burden of mortality through a gender-sensitive lens. In that way we will tackle all the causes of female mortality and importantly develop interventions that are also specifically designed for women.

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Dr Camille Raynes-Greenow
University of Sydney

access_time 04:57, 8 April 2015
Anna Whelan

Stephen Leeder raises a valid and important topic for advocates of women's health and gendered perspectives on health. While in developing countries maternal health goals have not been reached, other diseases are also causing death and harm. A valuable contribution on diabetes and its links with sexual and reproductive health was made in this publication by WDF and ARROW http://www.arrow.org.my/publications/Diabetes_A_Missing_Link.pdf

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Prof Anna Whelan
UTS, UNSW, SLHD

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