Gender and Health Seminar Series: Women Issues Plaguing B40 Women

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•11•12    11:00 - 13:00
    Kuala Lumpur

    How does urban poverty uniquely affect female-headed B40 households, and what are the implications for policy-making?


    The B40 is becoming an increasingly important group in Malaysian social policy: rural-to-urban migration brings increased pollution exposure and deprivation, rendering urban poverty a growing concern.

    Not only do several targets in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan relate to improving their quality of life, but they are also a key target group under Sustainable Development Goal 10, regarding the assurance that income growth among the poorest 40% of the population is more rapid than the national average.

    However, a key consideration is the equivalisation of income, which raises questions as to whether measures of living standards and poverty should be constructed on the basis of needs.

    This seminar will report findings on how factors, such as health, ethnicity, rural vs. urban living, and female- vs. male-headed household living relate to disparities in quality of life among the B40, and how this can inform social and economic policy-making.


    Prof. Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh is a trained Medical Doctor with a Master’s in Public Health and PhD on Health Economics from the UNU-IIGH. She is the current Deputy Dean (Relation & Wealth Creation) at the Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Centre. Her many previous roles include: Head of ITCC UKM; Head of Hospital and Health Management Unit; and consultant to the Prime Minister’s Department on Prevalence of Autism among Children in Malaysia.

  • United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
    Level 1, UNU-IIGH Building,
    UKM Medical Centre Jalan Yaacob Latiff,
    Bandar Tun Razak,
    56000 Cheras,
    Kuala Lumpur,

    +603 – 9171 5394