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Human Rights and Ethics

Improving Women's Health in India

India has made considerable progress in social and economic development in recent decades, as improvements in indicators such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and literacy rates demonstrate. Improvements in women's health, particularly in the north of India however, have lagged behind.

The goal of this project is to establish sustainable structures of technical and capacity-building services for training centers and hospitals. The project aims to improve women's health in India by creating better opportunities for underprivileged women to get equal access to best available health care and by cutting the costs of treatment.

A Women's Health Initiative (WHI) by the International Karl Storz Company was initiated in April 2005 aimed at improving women's health in developing countries, starting in India and Malaysia with the prospect of subsequent extension to Africa and other regions of the world.

This UNU research on the WHI assesses its impact from an international perspective and accordingly discusses the potential for replication in other countries. It follows the common vision of the New Millennium Declaration adopted by the United Nations, calling specifically for the improvement of women's health and a reduction in the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters by 2015.

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