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New paper on gender and health systems

Wednesday, 04 Apr 2018

 

Are health systems interventions gender blind?

A new paper has been published by ReBUILD and RinGs. The paper - Are health systems interventions gender blind? Examining health system reconstruction in conflict affected states – draws on ReBUILD's wider work on gender and post-conflict health systems.

The authors, led by Valerie Percival, from Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, utilized the WHO health systems building blocks to establish benchmarks of gender equity, and then identified and evaluated a broad range of available evidence on these building blocks within four post-conflict contexts – Mozambique, Timor Leste, Sierra Leone, and Northern Uganda – to assess if and how health interventions during the post-conflict reconstruction period met these gender equity benchmarks.

The paper concludes that the use of gender equitable benchmarks provides important insights into how health system interventions in the post-conflict period neglected the role of the health system in addressing or perpetuating gender inequities. And given the important role of the health system within societies, this gender blind nature of health system engagement missed an important opportunity to contribute to more equitable and peaceful societies.

An accompanying blog has been written by Valerie Percival – Health systems and gender: what do we need to know and why does it matter?

Read more about this new paper here.

 

Are health systems interventions gender blind? Examining health system reconstruction in conflict affected states

Valerie Percival1, Esther Dusabe-Richards2, Haja Wurie3, Justine Namakula4, Sarah Ssali5 and Sally Theobald6

Globalization and Health 2018 14:90 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-018-0401-6

 

1. Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

2. Esther Dusabe-Richards (University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

3. Haja Wurie (ReBUILD Research Consortium, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Sierra Leone

4. Justine Namakula (ReBUILD Consortium, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

5. Sarah Ssali (ReBUILD consortium, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

6. Sally Theobald (ReBUILD and RinGs Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK.)