chapter  1
Introduction
Research on Women’s Health in Africa: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities
ByChimaraoke O. Izugbara, Eleanor Krassen Covan
Pages 39

As we approach 2015-the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—several facets of women’s health remain insufficiently tackled. Urgent and concerted attention to these facets is crucial for several reasons. Advances in the health care of women and girls are powerfully central to the overall wellbeing of households, communities, and societies. Women’s health status is a foremost barometer of development levels in a society (World Health Organization, 2012). Transformations in the health status of women often mirror deeper systematic impacts of development processes in the everyday lives of people and communities. Poor health among women has the potential to upset societal progress and eclipse development and wellbeing. Investing intentionally and purposefully in protecting and safeguarding women’s health will secure current levels of progress and guarantee future potentials for societal growth and advancement.