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

WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2007
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 978 92 9061 245 2
Number of pages: 86



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 professionals regarding poverty and gender concerns in the prevention, treatment and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

NCDs are rising at an alarming rate in developing countries. NCDs are not, however among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because they tend to be characterized as diseases of affluence. Such beliefs obscure the need for the urgent action to stem the rising tide of NCDs in low-income settings. Poor individuals who do not have the resources to pursue healthy choices easily, or to access effective health services for diagnosis and treatment for NCDs are particularly vulnerable. Similarly, gender and other forms of social exclusion determine NCD risks, and thus their prevention and control. The knowledge and tools to reduce the burden of disease exist. Mobilizing support for the prevention and control of NCDs in developing countries will improve the health of millions, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.