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


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2005
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 92 9061 208 8
Number of pages: 47



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 aim of this module is to strengthen the capacity of teachers, administrators, and those developing training materials to introduce changes into curricula that will ensure health professional curricula or courses include the concepts of gender, poverty and health. This module is designed to assist leaders to develop the necessary skills and tools to manage curriculum development and change. Accordingly, the module sets out a systematic framework that incorporates the knowledge, strategies and techniques needed to develop and implement a curricular change process which will bring about the integration of poverty, gender and health concepts.