How we’re driving
Worldwide, 40% of women said they had not gone to a healthcare professional in the last year.
Similarly, only 60% of women said they were tested for any type of cancer, diabetes, blood pressure or STDs/STIs.
Opinions of Health and Safety
More than 37% of women worldwide said they did not feel safe walking alone at night, up from 32% in the first year of the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index.
More than 4 in 10 women worldwide said they experienced worry during the previous day, a record high since the Gallup World Poll began polling on this topic a decade ago. Record percentages of women also experienced stress (41%), sadness (32%) and anger (26%).
About 1 in 3 women said they struggled to afford adequate food or shelter for themselves or their families during the previous 12 months.
1 in 4 women said they experienced health problems that prevent them from doing things people their age normally could do.
Routine visits with healthcare professionals correspond with up to two more years of life expectancy for women, even after accounting for differences in per-capita GDP across countries and territories.
An Innovative Partnership With the World Economic Forum
The Women’s Health Initiative draws global focus to the need for investment in women’s and girls’ health. It supports and amplifies leading efforts; connects ecosystems across sectors; and engages global leaders and communities through sustained, impactful dialogue and the enablement of action plans.
There are three active projects in the Women’s Health Initiative:
- Protecting women’s and girls’ reproductive and maternal health.
- Capturing women’s and girls’ perspectives on cancer care.
- Offering family planning programming to protect the health of vulnerable women and girls.
Hologic contributes to each of these projects through the provision of data and other insights from the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index — findings that provide important perspective at the global, regional and country levels.