Access to Comprehensive Health Services

If we want girls and women to be able to thrive, we first have to ensure that they are healthy. That means looking beyond the reproductive years and toward the entire life-cycle. 

Each year, one billion people do not receive the health services they need. For girls and women, lack of access to care is compounded by other factors: stigma around mental health, the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), gender-based violence, and out-of-pocket costs, to name a few. 

And yet, there are already demonstrated strategies that can break down these barriers. From implementing women-centered care, to innovating health financing through Universal Health Coverage, to tackling NCDs like diabetes in pregnancy, there are concrete solutions that can improve the health of girls and women right now.

This month, join us in promoting access to comprehensive health services, because as we all know, healthy girls and women are the cornerstone of healthy societies.


Women and NCDs in Humanitarian Emergencies
Analía Lorenzo | NCD Alliance
In large parts of each continent, violent crises are threatening the wellbeing of human populations. Against this backdrop, women and girls are having to deal not only with food shortage and poverty, but also with higher rates of physical, sexual and domestic violence.
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Video: Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage
Women Deliver Live
In this video filmed at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, President/CEO of PAI, Suzanne Ehlers and Public Health Researcher, Atul Gawande discuss why the world needs to advocate and invest in primary health care for all.
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How to Win the Battle Against Cervical Cancer
Women Deliver
Thanks to early detection and treatment, deaths due to cervical cancer have dropped in recent decades throughout most of the developed world. Yet inequitable access to screening and medical services place the mortality burden largely on the lives of women in low and middle-income countries.
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Same Recipe, Different Geography: Holistic Approaches are Smart for Girls and Women Everywhere.
Tricia Petruney | FHI 360
Here’s a development scenario you’re probably familiar with: Imagine a young girl growing up in a remote rural area, raised in a poor family. Girls are not typically encouraged in the same way as boys are to imagine themselves having exciting future careers...
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The Trekking ‘Doctors’
The Global Fund
Clutching her medicine box, Tibre Desu rounded a bend and sauntered down a rough road towards the distant hills on the horizon. She had just replenished her stock of medical supplies at Work Amba Health Center. Now her mind was on Dembela Health Post, her work station at the heart of her village in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.
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The Female-Dominated Health Sector Needs More Women
Submitted by Frontline Health Workers Coalition
Female Health Workers for the Prevention of Malaria
Submitted by Abt Associates
Photo Essay: UNDP Trains Female Nurses for Rural Clinics
Submitted by UNDP
Pioneer Program in Ethiopia Builds Competent Health Workforce
Submitted by Jhpiego
For more stories and resources on Comprehensive Health Services, please visit our April Thematic Focus Webpage.

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