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


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2005
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 92 9061 2983
Number of pages: 68



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 on poverty and gender concerns in the field of mental health. Mental disorders account for a significant burden of disease in all societies. Major reforms in public health generally and in mental health specifically have taken place recently. Effective interventions are increasingly available but, unfortunately, not accessible to the majority of those who need them. Interventions can be made accessible through changes in policy and legislation, service development, adequate financing and the training of appropriate personnel.