Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes: A report on surveys of health ministries and educational institutions


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2005
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 9290611871
Number of pages: 48



Although poverty and gender significantly influence health and socioeconomic development, health professionals are not always adequately prepared to address such issues in their work. This publication aims to improve the awareness, knowledge and skills of health professionals in the Region on poverty and gender concerns.

The modules that comprise this Sourcebook are intended for use in pre-service and in-service training of health professionals. This publication is also expected to be of use to health policy-makers and programme managers as a reference document, or in conjunction with in-service training.

All modules in the series are linked, though each one can be used on a stand-alone basis if required. Two foundational modules establish the conceptual framework for the analysis of poverty and gender issues in health. Each of the other modules is intended for use in conjunction with these two foundational modules. The Sourcebook also contains a module on curricular integration to support health professional educational institutions integrate poverty and gender concerns into existing curricula. About this module

The World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific has undertaken a project to produce a Sourcebook to support the integration of poverty and gender concerns into health professional education curricula. Strengthening the education of health professionals is one of the priority areas of the Organization’s human resource development work. The project is expected to lead to strengthened health planning, policy-making and service delivery, through improved capacities of health professionals to analyse and address the interrelationships between poverty, gender and health. This document presents an overview of the first phase of the project, which involved designing and fielding surveys to ministries of health and to health professional educational institutions in the Western Pacific Region. The analysis of the survey results, presented in this document, will guide the development of the Sourcebook.