Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes: A Sourcebook for Health Professionals (Module on Malaria)


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2006
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 9290612142
Number of pages: 61



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

This module is designed to improve the awareness, knowledge and skills of health providers regarding poverty and gender concerns in malaria prevention and control. Malaria remains a global public health problem. Approximately 40% of the world’s population lives in more than 140 countries at risk for malaria. In the Western Pacific Region, malaria is endemic in 10 countries. The incidence rate in the Region ranges from 161.7 per 1000 people in the Solomon Islands to 0.04 in Republic of Korea.

The strategies employed to prevent and control malaria have been effective in reducing the burden of disease in countries in the Region. Yet, as analyses of health outcomes become more refined, it is increasingly apparent that poor and marginalized populations in the Region might not be benefiting from investments in malaria prevention and control. The challenge for health care professionals is to ensure that effective malaria prevention and control initiatives reach poor and marginalized populations in the Region.