The paper reviews key health problems of women in the Arab World.
It relies on data and information from international yearbooks, regional data bases, and small scale field studies.
The relevant context in which women live ; of lingering illiteracy rates, lack of access to cash income, and increasing poverty is described.
Reproductive health is reviewed within this context pointing to trends of delayed marriage and declining fertility in some countries while other countries maintain high levels.
Similar variability is observed in contraceptive use rates and the interaction of contraception and health is discussed.
Evidence points to high levels of reproductive morbidity.
The socio-cultural context is found particularly relevant to pregnancy and childbirth, seen as natural processes by women, to experiences of menopause, and to violence against women, particularly female circumcision.
A holistic policy perspective is suggested to address these problems.
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique sanitaire, Organisation santé, Reproduction sexuée, Ménopause, Violence, Morbidité, Gynécologie, Obstétrique, Homme, Femelle, Pays arabes
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health policy, Public health organization, Sexual reproduction, Menopause, Violence, Morbidity, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Human, Female, Arab countries
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0428622
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 19/12/1997.