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Gender Disparities in Access to Renal Health Care Worldwide

Volume 3 - Issue 2

Intissar Haddiya*

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    • Department of Medicine, University Mohamed first, Morocco

    *Corresponding author: Intissar Haddiya, Associate professor of Nephrology, Department of medicine, Faculty of medicine of Oujda, University Mohamed first, Oujda- Morocco

Received: March 16, 2018;   Published: March 27, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.03.000889

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This year, both International women’s day and world kidney day (WKD) were celebrated on The 8th of March. The International society of Nephrology (ISN) and the international federation of kidney foundations (IFKF) selected for this occasion a strong and relevant motto: “Kidneys & Women’s health: Include, Value, Empower”. In fact, the main mission of this event is to raise awareness and reflect on the importance of women’s health and specifically their kidney health [1]. In fact, several data reported that female gender is often associated independently with increased odds of perceived unmet health care needs in both developed and developing countries [2]. In the MENA region for instance, significant inequities in access to health care services and overall health status persist for women, especially in the area of reproductive health. One of the important factors leading to these disparities is the socially assigned gender roles endemic there. Moreover, multiple cultural factors influence delays in health-seeking behaviors for women [3].

Abbreviations:WKD: International Women’s Day and World Kidney Day; ISN: International Society of Nephrology; IFKF: International Federation of Kidney Foundations

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