Women from across the world have experienced worsened health conditions, according to Hologic’s 2021 Global Women’s Health Index.
The survey, which was conducted by Gallup and medical technology company, Hologic, first began in 2020 to measure women’s health worldwide. The score is measured based on fifteen questions covering various aspects of women’s health including preventive care, emotional health, opinions of health and safety in their city, basic needs such as housing and food, and individual health.
After receiving nearly 127,000 responses, the overall Global Women’s Health Index score was measured at 53 out of 100, one point lower than the previous year. Out of the 122 countries or territories measured, Taiwan led with the highest overall index score at 70 points. This was followed by Latvia, Austria, Denmark and Estonia.
Taiwan and Kazakhstan scored highest on emotional health, indicating that the women in those two places have the lowest anger, worry and stress compared to the rest of the world.
Singapore led in multiple aspects, including in opinions of health and safety, meaning women feel safe and are satisfied with the quality of healthcare in their country. The country also scored the highest for basic needs, which means the majority of women in Singapore can afford food and shelter.
A number of Asian countries, including Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong, also ranked in the top 30 with the highest index scores, scoring 61 to 64 points.