Daring to address challenges in women’s health

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Hello and welcome to Voices for Health, a channel from Roche where we will reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing health systems around the world. My name is Teresa Graham, and I’m the Head of Global Product Strategy at Roche. And today we have the pleasure of talking with Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby who has done so much to support women with cancer in Ghana.

Our healthcare systems are failing women and that's a fact that is becoming even clearer after COVID-19. We fundamentally have to set a new and different agenda to better provide outcomes for our mothers, daughters and sisters that are better and surpass what we've been able to achieve today. Women are so central to our lives and society, but the question is, what does good look like, where do we begin and how do we achieve meaningful lasting change? As always when you think about tackling issues of this magnitude, you always want to start by listening. And I have the opportunity today to listen to a remarkable woman. Let me introduce Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, who has done so much to ensure that women with cancer have insurance coverage in Ghana. Lydia is the Chief Executive of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority; she's a trained doctor and ear, nose and throat specialist and has practiced in both the United Kingdom and Ghana. She has achieved something truly remarkable in Africa in a public health setting with limited resources with patients who may only have to pay out of pocket for their medicines. She has ensured that both breast and cervical cancer are within the benefit package for NHI. WHAT IS VOCES POR LA SALUD / VOICES FOR HEALTH, BY ROCHE ?The Voices for Health podcast brings together voices of experts, policy makers and researchers to explore and determine ways to solve some of society’s most pressing health-related questions. Together we discuss how to achieve and enable safe access to quality care for each and every citizen in a sustainable and lasting way.

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