Women's health in developing countries

Javed H. Rizvi, Nadeem F. Zuberi

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Healthcare priorities are different in developing and developed countries. A more effective resource allocation, complemented by efforts to implement only those practices that are effective, should be a priority for improving reproductive health services in developing countries. A large burden of gynaecological disease exists in developing countries and it is difficult to envisage serious reforms and improvements without an increase in public-sector spending. However, communities themselves could assume some responsibility for women's health in ways that prioritize women's own perceptions and primary needs. In this chapter we have compiled existing evidence regarding various gynaecological problems faced by women in developing countries. To name a few: sexual health issues, abortion, subfertility, cancer, and genital fistulae. We believe that there is a large knowledge gap in the area of women's health in developing countries, and there is an urgent need to conduct appropriately designed studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-922
Number of pages16
JournalBest Practice and Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • developing countries
  • gynaecological problems
  • morbidities
  • reproductive health
  • women's health


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