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About HERhealth

Increasing the ability of low-income women to take charge of their health

Women working in global supply chains, many of whom are young and undereducated migrants, have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products. Myths and misconceptions, especially stigmas around reproductive health, lead to unhealthy or dangerous behavior. Consequently, low-income women have been found to suffer from anemia and increased exposure to various illnesses, including sexually transmitted and other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis.

HERhealth

Ensuring that these women have the information and access to services that they need to prevent and treat disease and maintain their health is vital:

  • It is a key aspect of delivering the basic human right to a healthy life
  • It makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more
  • It allows women to plan their families and shape their lives in a proactive way
  • It helps women to educate their children on health, improving well-being across generations

Focus Areas

HERhealth utilizes the HERproject methodology of capacity building and workplace strengthening, with the following focus areas:

Capacity Building

Workplace System Strengthening

Raising awareness on critical health topics such as healthy eating, personal and menstrual hygiene, and maternal health

Improving the capacity of the workplace clinic to respond to workers’ health needs

Improving health-related behaviors such as disease testing, seeking out preventative care, and conducting breast self-examinations

Linking workplaces with external health services providers, such as local clinics

Addressing common myths and misconceptions around potentially harmful health practices and beliefs

Strengthening workplace policies and systems promoting worker well-being

Building confidence and communication skills around discussing important health issues at work and at home

 

HERproject is Generously Supported by

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation C&A Foundation GAIN Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Takeda The Walt Disney Company UK Government What Works

HERproject Company Participants


HERproject Mission

To unlock the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Download an overview of HERproject. Download an overview of HERproject.

About BSR

BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability.