The third annual Hologic Global Women’s Health Index reveals that billions of women have not been screened for life-threatening conditions, with emotional health deteriorating and nearly 1 billion women experiencing physical pain. Taiwan is ranked as the top country/territory for women’s health, while the U.S. has fallen to number 30.
According to the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, the world is currently facing a crisis in women’s health, even as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to subside. This annual update on women’s well-being highlights the urgent need for action in addressing women’s health issues worldwide.
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Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX), a company focused on women’s health innovation, has collaborated with Gallup to develop the Index. The latest findings, now in its third year, reveal that billions of women are not receiving essential testing for life-threatening conditions. Additionally, the Index indicates an increase in feelings of sadness, anger, and worry among women compared to the peak of the pandemic. Furthermore, a significant number of young women do not feel safe walking alone in their communities at night, and nearly 1 billion women experience physical pain throughout their day.
Today, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the latest Index will be unveiled. The launch event is organized by Goals House, a community dedicated to advancing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at significant global gatherings throughout the year.
Our Index aims to address the lack of information on the health, safety, and overall well-being of women globally. Through interviews with over 147,000 individuals in 143 countries and territories, we have captured the perspectives of 97% of women and girls aged 15 and older worldwide.
“The new Index findings make it exceedingly evident that, as countries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s health remains in a state of emergency,” said Stephen P. MacMillan, Chairman, President and CEO of Hologic. “It’s time for world leaders to take a bolder stand for women and girls. Investing in women’s health not only benefits individual women, but also their families, communities and economies.”
Key findings from this year’s Index:
Testing for major health conditions remains low. Most women didn’t receive key tests in the past 12 months, meaning that billions of women went untested for potentially life-threatening conditions.
Only 36% of women were tested for high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Only 19% of women were tested for diabetes, a leading cause of death for women.
Only 11% of women were tested for any type of cancer.
Only 10% of women were tested for a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI), leaving nearly 2 billion women of reproductive age at risk of infertility, increased maternal and fetal mortality, and deadly diseases.
There is a concerning decline in emotional well-being, with a growing number of women reporting feelings of sadness, anger, and worry compared to three years ago. Approximately 40% of women experienced stress and worry throughout much of the previous day, and women are more likely than men to experience these emotions. In fact, women are 20% more likely than men to report feeling sadness on a daily basis.
Some other significant findings from the survey include:
– High levels of physical pain. Close to 1 billion women around the world reported experiencing physical pain on a regular basis.
– Increasing housing challenges. The number of women struggling to afford housing has risen by more than 50% in the last ten years.
– Feelings of insecurity among young women. A significant number of women, particularly those aged 15 to 24, do not feel safe walking alone at night.
The Index assigns a women’s health score to each country or territory based on survey responses. Taiwan has led the world for the third year in a row, with a score of 72 out of 100. Other top scores were achieved by Kuwait (68), Austria (67) and Germany (67). The lowest scores were found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (36), Sierra Leone (34) and Afghanistan (26).
The United States dropped seven places from its previous ranking to number 30, now tied with Kazakhstan. The United Kingdom and France both received a score of 60, slightly higher than the global average.
“The Index serves as a wake-up call that improving women’s health needs to be a top priority. If we follow the roadmap set out in this Index, we can meaningfully improve the health and well-being of women for generations to come,” said MacMillan.
The latest Index report features country spotlights, with case studies highlighting successful strategies. South Korea continues to excel in cancer testing, while Costa Rica has emerged as a top performer in blood pressure testing following recent prioritization.
For access to the full Index and related resources, please visit WomensHealthIndex.com.
About Hologic, Inc.
Hologic, Inc. is a global medical technology company dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women, their families, and communities through early detection and treatment. The company’s innovations include the development of the world’s first commercial 3D mammography system for early detection of breast cancer, leadership in testing for cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, and respiratory illnesses, as well as minimally invasive surgical technologies for uterine fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding.
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