Improving access to health for women and girls in low-income urban settlements

The world is becoming increasingly urbanised. Over one third of urban dwellers now reside in low-income urban settlements, where living conditions are often inadequate and there are multiple barriers to access to health services for women and girls. Based on six case studies and a thematic review examining women’s and girls’ access to health in low-income urban settlements, this policy briefing calls for decision-makers to take a broader approach to address the social, structural and economic determinants of health, and to ensure community involvement in interventions with genuine gender inclusivity. The policy briefing makes several recommendations, including in areas of intra-urban health inequalities, barriers to access to health services, community, voice and participation, and the need for a multisectoral approach.


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