How can I prevent health problems

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Many health problems can be prevented by better nutrition, cleanliness, rest, and by meeting women’s basic health needs.

Healthy communities help women stay healthy. Healthy women can care for their families. Healthy families can contribute more to the community.

It is not always easy for women to prevent illness. Although they do a lot to keep their families and communities healthy, many women have difficulty finding the time, energy, and money to pay attention to their own health needs. Since women are often taught to put the needs of others first, they have little time left for themselves after caring for their families. And the family’s limited resources are often spent on the children and men first.

Yet, in the long run, it saves a lot of pain and stress to prevent health problems before they start rather than treating them later. Some of these things do not take much time or money. Others take some extra time, effort, and money—at least in the beginning. But since prevention builds the health and strength of a woman, her family, and her community, life will be easier and better later on.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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