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Health Adversities Faced by Women in Rural India

With International Mother’s Day approaching, it is important to highlight the health concerns faced by mothers and women in the rural parts of India.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Health Adversities Faced by Women in Rural India (This image has been created with MidJourney)
Health Adversities Faced by Women in Rural India (This image has been created with MidJourney)

International Mother's Day, observed on May 12, is not only a celebration of women's achievements but also a reminder of the health challenges many women, especially in rural India, continue to face. Despite progress toward gender equality, numerous health issues persist, disproportionately affecting women in rural communities. These six health issues are the most prominent and it is important to know and educate ourselves to be a part in eradicating them. Read On.

1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Challenge to Maternity

Reproductive health problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility are prevalent among Indian women. However, in rural areas, the lack of knowledge surrounding these issues often prevents women from seeking timely medical assistance, leading to prolonged suffering.

2. Breast and Cervical Cancer:

Breast and cervical cancer remain significant causes of mortality among Indian women, particularly in rural regions. Limited access to screening facilities and cultural stigmas surrounding women's health delay the detection and treatment, perpetuating the cycle of illness and mortality.

3. Anemia:

Iron deficiency anemia is a widespread health concern among Indian women due to poor nutrition and heavy menstrual bleeding. In rural settings, where access to nutritious food is limited, anemia rates are even higher, posing serious health risks to women's overall well-being and quality of life.

4. Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome:

Unhealthy lifestyle habits, including poor diet and lack of exercise, contribute to obesity and metabolic syndrome among Indian women. In rural areas, where awareness about the importance of healthy living is lacking, these issues further worsen, leading to an increased risk of chronic diseases and a poor quality of life.

5. Thyroid Disorders:

Thyroid disorders, particularly hypothyroidism, are prevalent among Indian women, affecting metabolism and overall health. In rural communities, limited access to thyroid screening and treatment services results in undiagnosed or untreated cases.

6. Osteoporosis:

Loss of bone density, or osteoporosis, poses a significant health risk for women, especially postmenopausal ones. In rural India, where awareness about bone health is limited and healthcare infrastructure is inadequate, managing this condition becomes challenging, leaving women vulnerable to fractures and other complications.

As we celebrate International Mother's Day, let us commit to addressing the health disparities that continue to affect women in several parts of our country.

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