This video from the Erasmus MC and NIHES Women’s Health Course in 2014 defines women’s health as a whole, distinct from and in collaboration with men’s health. Dr. Oscar Franco, MD, PhD delivered this lecture to a group of medical doctors, medical students, and public health experts who attended the course from around the world. He asks the questions, “What is women’s health?” and discusses findings from cohort studies around the world, which have shed light on the differences in health outcomes between men and women.

Though at birth women have a longer life expectancy, it has been shown that women also experience more years of disability at the end of their life. They also have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but their risk increases after they experience menopause. Factors like geography, income, age difference between the woman and her spouse, and others may also play a role in differences between men’s and women’s health across the life course.

Of course, quality of life is crucial, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important. Women and girls have specific health needs and health systems are failing them. For more information, please watch the whole video here.

Erasmus Year: 2014

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