About the Index

What Is the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index?

A Life-Changing Study for Women.
And the World.

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The Hologic Global Women’s Health Index is a global indicator of a healthy future for women.

Developed in collaboration with international public health and medical experts and the Gallup World Poll research team, a set of questions was formulated that together capture and measure women’s experiences with health and healthcare. These questions, in combination with other existing World Poll questions, make up the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index.

Harnessing the power and global reach of the Gallup World Poll, the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index represents the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of 2.5 billion women aged 15+. This multiyear effort will contribute to international awareness that women’s health is a critical foundation for the advancement of humankind and that more needs to be done to improve the healthcare, and ultimately life expectancy, of women and girls everywhere.

What does it measure

What Does the Index Measure?

By country and territory, the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index measures five dimensions of health: Preventive Care, Basic Needs, Opinions of Health & Safety, Individual Health, and Emotional Health. By providing a single, global, and comprehensive view of these five dimensions, world leaders, change-makers, and society as a whole can understand the issues at hand and act quickly to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of women worldwide.

The 5 Dimensions of Women’s Health

Each dimension has the potential to help increase female life expectancy.

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Health and Safety
Individual Health

Questions Asked: To the best of your knowledge, were you tested for any of the following in the past 12 months?

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • STDs/STIs

Questions Asked:

  • Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed? 
  • Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to provide adequate shelter or housing for you and your family?

Questions Asked:

  • In the city or area where you live, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the availability of quality healthcare?
  • Do you think MOST pregnant women in the city or area where you live receive high-quality healthcare during their pregnancies or not?
  • Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?

Questions Asked:

  • Do you have any health problems that prevent you from doing any of the things people your age normally can do? 
  • Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about physical pain?

Questions Asked: Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? 

  • How about worry?
  • How about sadness?
  • How about stress?  
  • How about anger?
Why an Index?
At Hologic, we believe that women’s health is multidimensional. The Index summarizes the multi-dimensional factors contributing to women’s health in an easy-to-interpret way. It also creates a resource through which country leaders and policymakers can track progress over time, communicate complex ideas, and promote local and global accountability.
Why an Index?
At Hologic, we believe that women’s health is multidimensional. The Index summarizes the multi-dimensional factors contributing to women’s health in an easy-to-interpret way. It also creates a resource through which country leaders and policymakers can track progress over time, communicate complex ideas, and promote local and global accountability.

Our Promise to Women Everywhere

Women’s health is societal health. Its connection to families, communities, and society is intertwined. As a global medical device company, Hologic specializes in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of women’s health issues. We know firsthand that you cannot improve what you do not measure. And when we discovered we could not answer some of the most pressing questions in women’s health, we made it our goal to close the gap in the world’s physical and medical understanding and lead the way for better health for over 3.9 billion women while asking the world to join us. And we did, creating the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, an embodiment of our company’s Purpose, Passion, and Promise.

PURPOSE

We are enabling healthier lives everywhere, every day.

The Index is using global data to inspire conversations that will drive change.

PASSION

We are dedicated to being global champions for women’s health.

The Index is bringing awareness to the issues.

PROMISE

We will give women the highest degree of certainty in their health.

The Index is Hologic’s promise in action.

On March 8th, 2021, International Women’s Day, we made the news of the groundbreaking Hologic Global Women’s Health Index public. And in September 2021, we shared the groundbreaking Index with the world.

At Hologic, we believe this is a movement toward greater health and that the Index will impact this generation and those to come. But the Index alone is not enough. We need people everywhere to get behind it. With purpose, passion, and a promise to the world, we ask the world to stand with us on this life- and world-changing mission. Download the 2020 Global Women’s Health Index report and change women’s health. Our goal isn’t just to improve women’s lives, but all of ours.