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

WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2006
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 92 9061 212 6
Number of pages: 88



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 build the capacity of health professionals to analyse and address the interrelationship between poverty and health. Humanity has experienced impressive gains over recent decades. Improvements in health are understood to be fuelled by economic growth, increased education, particularly among women, and the availability of new health technologies. However, these gains have largely failed to reach the poor. Persistent and growing inequalities in health are increasingly evident, both between and within countries. Importantly, some global health inequalities are widening.

The growing concern with improving the health of the poor as a poverty reduction strategy, coupled with the growing disparity between the health of the rich and the poor, is creating an environment where health professionals at the community, provincial, national and international level increasingly require the knowledge, skills and tools to more effectively respond to the health needs of poor and marginalized individuals and communities. Yet, currently health professionals are not always adequately prepared to address such issues in their work. This module is designed to help fill this gap.