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    FAWCO Target Program 2019 - 2022: 

    Health – Empowering Women and Girls by Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being

    Welcome to the new Target Program Health Blog, Health Matters! In this monthly blog we will be exploring matters important to women's (and girls') health: the top 10 issues for women's health according to the WHO, what prevents women and girls around the globe from enjoying good health, which societal and cultural factors play a role in health for women and girls, the targets of SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being, the relationship between SDG 3 and the other SDGs, and more! The subject of health is broad, and encompasses all of FAWCO's focus areas, so there will be something for everyone. Join us as we take a look at how ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being can empower and improve the lives of women and girls.


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    By Ann Marie Morrow, AWC Finland

    I’ve been following the research of professors of psychology and positive psychology in the field of well-being or happiness for many years. As part of this, I’ve taken several courses with experts in the field and helped facilitate a few courses too. Dr. Laurie Santos of Yale University is the latest to offer a...

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    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or any other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

    FGM = cutting 

    CuttingCutting season:

    July, August and September are known as the “cutting season” in many countries and for many girls around the world; it is school break...

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    Celebrating breast cancer projects across the FAWCO world!

    Do you know that the incidence of breast cancer varies from 19.3 per 100,000 women in Eastern Africa to 89.7 per 100,000 women in Western Europe? Belgium has the highest incidence of breast cancer, namely 113.2 per 100,000 women, followed by Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France. Many FAWCO clubs around the world...


    by Mary Tracy, formerly of AWC Bogotá

    The New Year of 2020 seems a perfect opportunity to clearly consider not just what we want to accomplish or do differently, but also what we already have and are already doing that functions as effective self-care. Before setting resolutions to establish certain new habits or accomplish specific goals, it can be good...

    Health literacy

    “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.” A statement adopted more than 70 years ago and repeated by Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus in December 2017 remains as relevant in 2019 as it was in the late 1940s when...




    Does anyone have any antibiotics I can borrow? My husband is sick and has an important presentation for work, but the doctor here won't prescribe them.” “My child has a sore throat with fever. I'm sure it's strep throat, but the doctor is making us wait! Does anyone have any amoxicillin they don't need?”


    These are some...

    The World Health Organization’s definition of health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The definition of mental health is a complex and challenging one, but should incorporate our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. According to the Mental Health group of the US Department of Health & Human...

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    FAWCO is committed to improving the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of education, the environment, health and human rights. Every three years, FAWCO initiates a new Target Program based on one of these four focus areas. The current Target Health Program focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for women and girls. While health...

    World Health Day

    The World Health Organization (WHO) created a calendar of observance days/weeks with the aim of creating awareness and understanding about health issues and to mobilize support for action on an individual basis, or in organizations or broader society. The topics vary hugely and span numerous disease/illness areas that are addressed throughout a calendar year, whether they be Alzheimer’s Dementia or Zoonosis. The...


    In 2007, the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health published their Report on Gender Inequity in Health. The report stated: “Gender inequality damages the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women across the globe. Taking action to improve gender equity in health and to address women's rights...

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