Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Investing in Primary Care Nursing: An Important Strategy in Improving the Health and Well-Being of Women

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Investing in Primary Care Nursing: An Important Strategy in Improving the Health and Well-Being of Women

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The gender divide continues to compromise health care for women globally. Women constitute one-third of the world's labor force, they work two-thirds of the world's working hours, and yet they earn one-tenth of the world's income (International Council on Women's Health Issues 2007; World Bank 2007). Infections also compromise women and their health. For example, women and girls now comprise over 60 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and over 60 percent of infected individuals globally (International Perspective 2006). In fact, the top Millenium Development Goals are focused on fundamental issues that women face: elimination of poverty, decreasing infant and maternal mortality rates, eliminating illiteracy and ensuring universal primary education, and preventing infections (United Nations 2005). A focus on women's health and an investment in primary care nurses play a major role in providing primary health care.

The health care crises that our global community faces - health disparities, lack of health care access for vulnerable populations, shortage and mal-distribution of health care workers - could be addressed through utilizing an integrative paradigm with a primary focus on women's health and primary care. …

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