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IMPROVING THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH

The Women4Health Daring Circle aims to improve women’s health and to explore unique and paramount ways to enhance their health status and their quality of life. Women are 70% of the health workforce worldwide1 and are the majority of unpaid caregivers. Indeed, 80% of mothers are the primary health care decision makers for their children2. However, women have always had to overcome many barriers to get full access to healthcare.

Lack of reliable and gender-disaggregated data and in pertinent research on female specific diseases is a burning question that leads to a risk of misdiagnosis and consequently improper treatment. In order to address this pressing issue, the Daring Circle analyses the changes that have to be undertaken in health systems to establish a healthy life for women and the conditions that allow them to make optimal health choices. Therefore, the Daring Circle focuses on tackling female health needs by providing innovative and efficient strategies and key solutions that can be conceived integrating women’s leadership, including in developing and deploying new technology.

Today, the majority of the population of the world can expect to live beyond their sixties and women can expect to live over five years longer than men. The number of women aged 60 and over will increase from about 336 million in 2000 to more than 1 billion in 20503. At any age, men have higher rates of mortality, but the evidence shows that women get older with poorer health4, which is known as the “male-female, health survival paradox”5. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the fact that specific female diseases should be addressed and urgent systemic changes are needed to better serve women at all stages of life.

It is particularly essential to prioritise the necessary actions for ensuring a healthy lifetime and to achieve a robust response to older women’s health needs. As this severe crisis calls for a structural re-think of large parts of our society, it is crucial to develop and implement holistic and innovative changes that will have significant positive impacts on the future of women’s health.

The Daring Circle brings a high added-value in shaping a new inclusive health system, fully integrating women’s leadership in the post COVID-19 world and allowing caregivers to benefit from this improvement, while acknowledging their key role in society. Based on empirical and technical research, as well as on the analysis of data and first-hand experience of caretakers, the working group would develop recommendations to policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to meet the physical, mental, and financial needs of caregivers.     

The Women4Health Daring Circle is led by AXA in collaboration with BNP Paribas. Mercer supports the Circle as Knowledge Partner.

 

  1. World Economic Forum (2020), 10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world.
  2. Women’s Forum (2019). Addressing health barriers through technology.
  3. World Health Organisation (2007), Women, Ageing and Health: A Framework for Action.
  4. OECD (2017), Health at a glance.
  5. Nature (2018), Intralocus sexual conflict can resolve the male-female health-survival paradox.

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GIVING WOMEN HEALTHCARE WORKERS A FIGHTING CHANCE

When we write the history of the Covid-19 crisis, it will be the story of these women who - in spite of those challenges - defeated this terrible disease.
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GUNJAN JAIN, COFOUNDER & CEO, VYTAL

Gunjan holds a degree in Computer Engineering with an MBA from IIT Bombay. She is a Life Sciences and Healthcare IT expert with specialization in Pharma R&D IT, Clinical Research Outsourcing and Healthcare IT.
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LINA CHAN FOUNDER & CEO, ADIA

Lina spent most of her career working as a private equity investor in the UK. After experiencing pregnancy loss and difficulty conceiving, she realised the need to build more companies by women for women to help make health more proactive.
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GIVING WOMEN HEALTHCARE WORKERS A FIGHTING CHANCE

Gender-responsive policies and practices can support men and women
on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis
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BRIDGING THE NUTRITION GAP: WOMEN & HEALTH

Nutrition Overhaul: an important collaboration between physicians, the government, education, industry and the media.
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MEET THE TOP 10 OF THE WOMEN & ACCESS TO HEALTH CALL FOR INITIATIVES!

Finalists of the WOMEN & ACCESS TO HEALTH Call for Initiatives
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CREATION OF THE WOMEN & ACCESS TO HEALTH DARING CIRCLE

A Call for Initiatives to reduce the health access gap for women
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GIVING WOMEN HEALTHCARE WORKERS A FIGHTING CHANCE

When we write the history of the Covid-19 crisis, it will be the story of these women who - in spite of those challenges - defeated this terrible disease.
Read more

GUNJAN JAIN, COFOUNDER & CEO, VYTAL

Gunjan holds a degree in Computer Engineering with an MBA from IIT Bombay. She is a Life Sciences and Healthcare IT expert with specialization in Pharma R&D IT, Clinical Research Outsourcing and Healthcare IT.
Read more

LINA CHAN FOUNDER & CEO, ADIA

Lina spent most of her career working as a private equity investor in the UK. After experiencing pregnancy loss and difficulty conceiving, she realised the need to build more companies by women for women to help make health more proactive.
Read more

GIVING WOMEN HEALTHCARE WORKERS A FIGHTING CHANCE

Gender-responsive policies and practices can support men and women
on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis
Read more

BRIDGING THE NUTRITION GAP: WOMEN & HEALTH

Nutrition Overhaul: an important collaboration between physicians, the government, education, industry and the media.
Read more

MEET THE TOP 10 OF THE WOMEN & ACCESS TO HEALTH CALL FOR INITIATIVES!

Finalists of the WOMEN & ACCESS TO HEALTH Call for Initiatives
Read more

CREATION OF THE WOMEN & ACCESS TO HEALTH DARING CIRCLE

A Call for Initiatives to reduce the health access gap for women
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