Women's Health and Education Center (WHEC)

Healthcare Policies & Women's Health

Editor's Note

Health across the life span: A vision for all

The 21st century offers a bright vision of better health for all. It holds the prospect not merely of longer life, but superior quality of life, with less disability and disease. As the new millennium unfolds, the global population has never had a healthier outlook. The desire for a healthier and better world in which to live our lives and raise our children is common to all people and all generations. This means putting health high on the agenda of all countries, rich and poor, and keeping it there. It is time to realize that health is a global issue; it should be considered as an essential component of the continuing globalization process that is reshaping our world; it should be included in the growing interaction between countries that currently exists in terms of world trade, services, foreign investment and capital markets. Investing in people's health and their environment is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

Optimal utilization of health care resources is a challenge, which faces rich and poor countries alike. Discussions, implications, learning lessons and the articles in this section are of multinational importance. We welcome and invite the point of view; and the articles on National Health Care Policies & Women's Health for the publication. The challenge is for society to be willing to meet these needs and for governments to formulate innovative policies and programs for action to make our human settlements safe and livable. Community participation as a part of the action is needed to reinvigorate the strategy for health for all. Technological progress can improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, but cannot substitute for human resources.

With the increasing integration of the world economy, issues of research and development in health sector has assumed a global dimension. The Women's Health and Education Center focuses on three key areas: education for the health of girls and women; violence against women; and maternal morbidity and mortality. The connection between education, health and earning capacity is better understood. As women live longer than men, the quality of their longer life becomes of central importance. Primary prevention strategies will be most effective when initiated as early as possible. The health of all peoples is considered to be fundamental to the attainment of peace and security in the world. We can pass no greater gift to the next generation than a healthier future. That is our vision. Together we can make a difference -- join us to make it a reality.

Women's Health and Education Center (WHEC)

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