Opinion | Women’s Health Isn’t a Geopolitical Game

Satyajit Pradhan, who has spent the last six years working for MSI in Nepal as its “Evidence to Action director,” spoke to me from Kathmandu. “Our inability to secure any USAID funding meant we were cut off from being able to provide essential health care, as we call it, for women across Nepal,” he said. “The chilling effect resulted in partners failing to refer women to MSI for abortion care, even in the case of rape or incest or if the life of the woman was at risk.” Further, he added, “No one wanted essentially anything to do with us.

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Women’s healthy life expectancy drops by five months, but men see no change

Women’s healthy life expectancy (HLE) has fallen by five months while the rate for men has stayed the same, Government figures show. 

On Monday, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data analysing life expectancy for men and women from 2017 to 2019.  It showed that female HLE was almost five months shorter between 2017 to 2019 than in 2014 to 2016, and at its lowest since the time series began in 2009 to 2011. 

Between 2009 and 2011, there was a difference of 1.1 years between male and female HLE at birth. Since then, female HLE has declined, while

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