Women and health consequences of natural disasters: Challenge or opportunity?

Author:

Sohrabizadeh, S. & Tourani, S. & Khankeh, H.R.

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Date:

2016

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Theme:

Gender, Health and Wellbeing

Language:

English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Sohrabizadeh, S. & Tourani, S. & Khankeh, H.R. (2016).Women and health consequences of natural disasters: Challenge or opportunity? Women & Health, 56:8, pp. 977-993.

This study aims to explore various factors of women’s health with reference to previous disasters in Iran. Two themes and four categories were extracted from the data, including the psycho-physical effects and women’s health status and reproductive and environmental health effects. The findings implied that managing women’s health challenges may result in reducing the distressing effects of disaster. These findings support identification and application of the mechanisms by which women’s well-being in physical, mental, reproductive, and environmental aspects can be protected after disasters. Meeting the needs of women post disaster would positively affect their mental health.