Saudi Arabia ahead of UK in women’s health index, leads Arab world

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Saudi Arabia ahead of UK in women’s health index, leads Arab world

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Saudi Arabia ranked as the top Arab country for women’s health, according to the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index’s 2021 report released on Tuesday by the medical technology company, surpassing countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Israel held the ninth spot in the Middle East, while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made the top 40 at 28th and 35th, respectively. The UK ranked two positions behind Saudi Arabia at 30th. 

Lebanon and Turkey held some of the lowest scores, making the bottom 10 of the 122-member list at 118th and 119th, respectively. 

Arabic, English, Hindi and Urdu were used in the phone calls to interview nationals along with Arab and non-Arab expats in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain — Gulf countries that have high populations of foreign residents.

Yet not all questions were equal in the global survey, as inquiries about sexually transmitted diseases and infections were omitted from Saudi Arabia and Iran in respect of government restrictions. 

The 2021 index, which collected its data in 2020, did not include Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Libya, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan or the Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza). 

The purpose of the index, which conducted questionnaire phone surveys with about a thousand

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