For women living with HIV, cost, distance and stigma can present major barriers to treatment. To ease these challenges, UNFPA launched a program in Indonesia in 2020 offering cash vouchers to people living with HIV. This blog shares the impacts of this program, as well as explores UNFPA’s efforts to strengthen peer support networks for women living with HIV.
Our training materials can be used to introduce a broad range of audiences and backgrounds to important concepts related to gender and health. Each training course focuses on one of five themes that complement the CORE Gender 101 agenda: Gender Integration, HIV + Sexuality, Safe Motherhood, Gender-Based Violence, and Constructive Male Engagement. The courses are designed to meet the geographic and technical needs of cooperating agencies, USAID Missions, and specific projects. Materials range from basics such as using a shared gender vocabulary and programmatic guidance, to user guides on how to conduct a gender analysis, to exercises for gender trainings. The trainings are geared to be used by anyone and with any audience, even those learning about gender for the first time!
Our popular Gender Integration Continuum framework is an important tool to assess how programs do (or do not) address gender and move them toward more gender-transformative actions. An updated User’s Guide for facilitating training on use of the continuum is available, along with other materials.
Breakthrough ACTION developed the Gender Analysis Toolkit for Vaccine Response for risk communication and community engagement actors working with national health authorities and other partners to develop, implement, and monitor a vaccine response. This toolkit provides practical guidance to identify gender related barriers that need to be addressed and identify opportunities that can be leveraged to enable a gender equitable vaccine response that increases coverage for all.
Research policies aiming to integrate sex and gender in scientific studies are receiving increased attention in academia. Incorporating these policies into health research is essential for improving targeted and equitable healthcare outcomes, by considering both disparities and similarities between individuals relating to sex and gender. Although these efforts are both urgent and critical, only an intersectional approach, which considers broad and multidimensional aspects of an individual's identity, can provide a complete understanding of the factors that impact health.
There’s a persistent gender health gap, with women being underdiagnosed for certain conditions, compared to men. This article written by World Economic Forum for VaccinesWork highlight three conditions that exemplify this gender health gap.
Many healthcare professionals lack adequate training on the specific needs of LGBTQ+ patients, who may have unique concerns due to social stress, stigmatization, and rejection from friends and families. This article provides strategies that healthcare professionals can utilize to create more accepting and supportive environments for LGBTQ+ patients and to provide high-quality care.
Gender norms influence the ability of individuals, couples, and families to meet their desired family planning needs. This resource helps health care providers overcome biases and offer quality, gender-sensitive, transformative services to enable all clients to make voluntary and informed decisions about their family planning needs, improving both gender equality and reproductive health outcomes.