Despite its connection with many serious physical and psychological problems, sexual health is generally ignored by the medical establishment. The physical effects of sexual frustration are to blame for a large number of cases of middle and upper-class women who complain to doctors of vague general pain in the pelvis and back. Some of these women seek psychological or psychiatric help because of severe depression and anxiety, or even serious psychotic disorders. Both the medical and psychological assistance which women may seek is often ineffectual, since the therapy tends to alleviate the symptoms without determining the real causes. Women from the lower income level may suffer the same symptoms and are less likely to get successful treatment for sexual health problems since they usually visit a doctor in extreme situations and never seek help for problems with no obvious physical symptoms. The problem is even more severe for women in developing countries, because the sociological conditioning of women's attitudes towards sex are directly linked to economic status.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.