The State of Women’s Health Around the World

Improving the health and lives of women and girls is more than just a popular political idea. Women account for more than half the world’s population, but in many places across the globe, the unique health concerns of women and girls are not a priority.

While it’s true that generally, women’s health measures are better in industrialized, wealthy nations than in poorer nations, that doesn’t always bear out. In fact, the United States has one of the worst maternal mortality rates among wealthy nations — and it’s getting worse.

Ensuring girls and women are able to lead long, healthy lives aren’t just benefitting those individuals who have a better outlook on life. A growing body of research indicates that healthy girls and women lead to a healthier society, whether through healthier children and babies or stronger economies.

This infographic explores how many countries around the world are performing when it comes to a handful of ways to measure the health of girls and women. From maternal mortality to lifespan, use this infographic to compare and contrast how different countries and regions are succeeding (or failing) in making women’s health a societal priority.