IDS Policy Briefing 110

Improving Access to Health for Women and Girls in Low-income Urban Settlements

Published on 1 February 2016

The world is becoming increasingly urbanised. Over one third of urban dwellers now reside in low-income urban settlements, where living conditions are often inadequate and there exist multiple barriers to access to health services for women and girls.

Based on six case studies and a thematic review examining women’s and girls’ access to health in low-income urban settlements, IDS researchers and partners call for decision-makers to take a broader approach to address the social, structural and economic determinants of health, and to ensure community involvement in interventions with genuine gender inclusivity.


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Leah Murphy

Health and Education Convenor

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Murphy, L. (2016) 'Improving Access to Health for Women and Girls in Low-income Urban Settlements', IDS Policy Briefing 110, Brighton: IDS

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