Eurasian Women’s Forum: Top-Notch Discussion
How to Improve the Health of Russian Women
The open discussion ‘For the Health of Women of All Ages: A Golden Era for the Silver Generation’ that took place on the starting day of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum was attended by doctors, academics and representatives of the government bodies and non-governmental organizations. It was nice to see that everyone who took part in the event was sincerely interested in the topic at hand.
Thanks to the enormous preparatory work carried out before the Forum by the chair of the Women’s Union of Russia, Senator Yekaterina Lakhova, and the brilliant moderation of the debates by the host of the TV programme ‘On the Most Important Issues’ (broadcast on channel Russia-1) Aleksandr Myasnikov, the discussion was both informative and emotional. As the head of the P.A. Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Center, Professor Nadezhda Rozhkova MD, stated, almost an entire programme for solving the most pressing issues in women’s health had been announced today.
Life expectancy is increasing, while the age at which people are falling ill is getting lower. For example, the incidence of cancer among females aged 14 to 44 has grown by 54% in recent years. The number of cancer diagnoses has increased by a total of 20% over the past ten years. What can we do to prevent, detect and effectively treat illnesses? How can we help alleviate the pain of people with a range of diagnoses and improve the quality of their lives?
The participants in the discussion talked about new treatment methods and proposed ways to increase the quality and availability of medical care. A great deal of attention was paid to the fact that the existing problems cannot be solved without huge awareness-building efforts to convince people to lead a healthy lifestyle. The result depends on the speed with which an illness is detected. Statistics show that 94% of patients diagnosed with breast cancer make a complete recovery if they go to the doctor in time. This is why it is vital to inform people by any available means: teaching classes in schools, publishing materials in the media, and holding similar events with the participation of doctors, government officials, public organizations and the media – not only in the big cities, but in the regions as well.
Various aspects of the problems were discussed. Director of the Institute for Health Economics of the Higher School of Economics Larisa Popovich talked about the economic aspects of healthcare. Professor Pavel Vorobyev shed light on the issue of geriatrics. Deputy Director of the National Endocrinology Research Centre and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Galina Melnichenko touched upon issues of osteoporosis. Director of the Institute of Diabetes and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Marina Shestakova proposed methods for combatting one of the most common diseases – diabetes mellitus. Several common ailments were discussed, including cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal system diseases and mental health issues. Statistics suggest that depression is the second-highest cause of short-term disability in the world.
The speeches delivered during the debate were lively and constructive, with the speakers proposing specific measures for solving pressing issues. For example, as soon as non-governmental organizations in the region start to conduct awareness-building activities, the incidence curve immediately starts to crawl downwards, which is an obvious cause for celebration.
The main conclusion drawn at the discussion was that the only way to achieve serious results is through joint efforts. The Eurasian Women’s Community website is also prepared to contribute to this work by publishing materials on the topics covered.
Tatyana Vorozhtsova, Eurasian Women’s Community News Agency