Women's health issues require increased global attention

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The subject of women's health has not been discussed as fully as possible around the world, according to a women and development expert.

Dr Nisreen El-Hashemite, who is the Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, gave opening remarks at a high level forum at the UN in New York on women's health issues.

Stephanie Castro has more.

There currently is insufficient knowledge within academia and the health care industry about women's health, including non-communicable diseases and mental illnesses.

Dr El-Hashemite said this lack of information not only affects women, but also men and society as a whole.

She said there is an urgent need to promote new thinking on the mechanisms that support innovation in women's health programmes.

 "It is important to realize that women and men have different medical needs. As a doctor and a scientist, and as a woman, I call on ministries of health to establish office of women's health, wish a mission of protecting and advancing the health of women broadly."

To reach these goals, the forum will be addressing issues such as policy-making for women's healthcare and reform and how to empower women in science and economy.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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