Recently, What Women Want heard from thousands of women in Kenya about their top request for quality reproductive and maternal health care. Here’s what they have to say.
At least half of the world’s population doesn’t have access to fundamental health services, and many are driven into poverty by out of pocket health expenses. A global campaign launched on International Maternal Health and Rights Day, What Women Want: Demands for quality reproductive and maternal health for women and girls, offers valuable insights for everyone working to achieve universal health coverage.
In our work and travel, we have been privileged to hear directly from women and girls around the world and all walks of life about what it is they most want for their health. Unsurprisingly, the answers vary. But most striking, is how often we hear that their wants and needs are ignored by health programs and initiatives intended to serve them.
When women receive quality healthcare, they tell their sisters, daughters, friends and neighbors. Quality health services are born from involving those they are meant for; it’s not enough to encourage women and girls to seek care from trained midwives, health clinics or hospitals, the care they receive must meet their needs.