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Cities and Women's Health: Global Perspectives

The University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the International Council on Women’s Health, brought more than 400 scholars from 32 countries to Philadelphia from April 7 to 10 to analyze best practices and new strategies to enhance women’s health in urban areas at the 18th Congress on Women’s Health Issues. 

Currently, more than half of the world's population live in urban areas, and 32 percent of the urban population live in slums. An estimated 3 million people migrate to cities each week, creating environments that present unique and persistent health problems for women and children.  

“Women’s health” translates to family health, as women are the primary caretakers of children in most of the world. Finding solutions to systemic problems in health care and providing them to women worldwide will lead to their imparting healthy lifestyles to future generations, male and female alike. The spectrum of information covered at the conference ranged from reducing infant mortality to fighting sex trafficking to improving access to health clinics in urban areas.