Women's access to health care in developing countries

Soc Sci Med. 1992 Aug;35(4):613-7. doi: 10.1016/0277-9536(92)90355-t.


Women in developing countries are frequently confronted with a myriad of socio-cultural factors which negatively impinge upon physical well-being and accessibility to appropriate health care services. Institutional, economic, and educational barriers effect and lowers their standard of living when compared to their male counterparts. Women must become agents of change to improve their situation. Factors such as access to income, legal rights, social status, and education may prove far more important in determining women's access to health care than technology distribution and governmental strategies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Promotion / trends
  • Health Services Accessibility / trends*
  • Humans
  • Women's Health Services / trends*
  • World Health Organization