Gender, equity and human rights

WHO report on inequalities in childhood immunisation rewarded by the British Medical Association

18 SEPTEMBER 2017 – The WHO publication “State of Inequality: Childhood Immunization” was awarded the first prize in the Digital and online resources category at the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Medical Book Awards 2017.

Breakthrough for men’s health: WHO and experts kick off development of strategy and report

Father and daughter
Åsa Nihlen

8 SEPTEMBER 2017 – For the first time, WHO is undertaking a strategy entirely focused on the health and well-being of men and boys. A group of experts from a range of fields and disciplines related to men’s health came together on 5 September 2017 at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark, to launch the development of the strategy for the WHO European Region.

Summary: Upcoming Women on the Move report

Screenshot of the summary

6 SEPTEMBER 2017 – A global paradox is emerging in which care workers - who are largely female migrants - make a considerable contribution to global public health, but are exposed to health risks and have their rights violated themselves, while enjoying few protections. An upcoming report lays out next steps for consideration on migration, care work and health that echo the principles and priorities laid out in WHA Resolution 70.15 on migration and health.

Healthier women through environmental health policy

10 AUGUST 2017 – Environmental health risks especially affect women and children, because women are more vulnerable socially. For an example, household air pollution from dirty fuels and inefficient cook stoves caused around 4 million premature deaths in 2012. This WHO Bulletin article addresses how the Sustainable Development Goals can be used to reduce environmental health risks and improve transport, housing, urban design and energy provision.

Discovering who misses out on health in Indonesia

Health equity graph

21 JULY 2017 – While many countries have improved the overall health of their populations, national averages don’t tell the whole story, and groups of people can miss out on health services for a variety of reasons. WHO has developed a set of resources to monitor health inequalities – one of which, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), was recently tested in Indonesia, allowing the country to analyse and interpret inequalities in health.

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

A child being vaccinated.

17 JULY 2017 - Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. These infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016.

New Innov8 facilitator’s manual: A capacity building tool to ensure no one is left behind

5 JULY 2017 – The Innov8 Facilitator’s Manual is designed for persons conducting the capacity-building workshops of applications of the Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes to leave no one behind. Innov8 is an 8-step review process that supports programmes to be more equity-oriented, rights-based, gender-responsive and to address social determinants in order to contribute to the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health. The Manual – the partnering publication to the Innov8 Technical Handbook – provides an introduction to the facilitation of a generic Innov8 review process entailing three workshops – sensitization, review and redesign – to aid and support the adaptation process.

Ending discrimination in health care settings

Dr Chan, Dr Tedros, WHO
UNAIDS/P. Albouy

27 JUNE 2017 – Discrimination in health care is widespread across the world and takes many forms. It violates the most fundamental human rights and affects both users of health care services and health care workers. The new joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings calls for health workers to fulfil their responsibilities, but also to have their rights protected. Many health workers, especially women, are themselves vulnerable and victims of discrimination, abuse, and violence.

Standing #WithRefugees on World Refugee Day

A refugee child in a classroom

20 JUNE 2017 – Today is World Refugee Day. The 70th World Health Assembly endorsed a Resolution on “Promoting the health of refugees and migrants.” Key points that emerged through the sessions included unanimous consensus that health must be included in the Global Compacts and the need for interregional and international cooperation and responsibility sharing among countries in responding to the health needs of refugees and migrants.

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GenderTo ensure that different groups of women and men, boys and girls, have equal opportunities to achieve their full health potential.

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EquityTo enhance fairness in the distribution of health across populations.

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Human rightsTo produce greater health outcomes through the advancement of the right to health and other health-related human rights.

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Facts and features

Photo story (Western Pacific): Advancing health through GER

In this photo story, see how making gender, equity and human rights everyone’s responsibility is reshaping the way health policies and programmes are developed and implemented to benefit women, men, girls and boys across the Western Pacific Region.

Photo story: Snapshots of inequalities

People have vastly different stories to tell about their health depending on a variety of social determinants.

Frequently asked questons on health and sexual diversity

This FAQ defines terms, highlights key issues and underscores the UN’s commitment to gender identity and sexual diversity.

Frequently asked questions on migration

Abridged version of Migration and health: Key issues, published on the Regional Office for Europe website

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Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes

The Innov8 approach is a resource that supports the operationalization of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) commitment to “leave no one behind”.

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