Lancet Commission: Women and Health


This Lancet Commission report examines girls' and women's health, emerging transitions, and important unmet needs that remain. Population aging and transformations in the social determinants of health have increased the coexistence of disease burdens related to reproductive health, nutrition, and infections, and the emerging epidemic of chronic and noncommunicable diseases. Simultaneously, worldwide priorities in women's health have themselves been changing from a narrow focus on maternal and child health to the broader framework of sexual and reproductive health and to the encompassing concept of women's health, which is founded on a life-course approach. This expanded vision incorporates health challenges that affect women beyond their reproductive years and those that they share with men, but with manifestations and results that affect women disproportionally owing to biological, gender, and other social determinants.

Companion resources include a podcast interview with the author.


Langer A et al. Women and Health: The Key for Sustainable Development. The Lancet 2015; 386: 1165–1210. DOI: