Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes: A Sourcebook for Health Professionals (Foundational Module on Gender)
This module is designed to build the capacity of health professionals to analyse and to address the interrelationship between gender and health. Humanity has experienced impressive gains in health over recent decades.These improvements are understood to be fuelled by improved public health measures, increased education, particularly among women, better housing and sanitation, and growing numbers of couples choosing to have fewer children. However, this progress has not been uniform across and within populations. Analysis increasingly reveals differentials between men and women, arising from sex and gender, across health conditions. The growing concern over gender-based health inequalities has been propelled by the commitments of governments to realize the equal rights of women contained in various international human rights agreements.The enhanced commitment to addressing these disparities increasingly requires that health professionals have the knowledge, skills and tools to respond more effectively to the health needs of men and women. Adding gender analysis to the tools employed by health professionals can enable them to design and implement more equitable and effective health progammes. Yet, currently health professionals are not always adequately prepared to address gender issues in their work. This module is designed to help fill this gap.