Gender, women and health

2009 Highlights

Provide technical leadership to advance the knowledge and the application of norms and standards

GWHN is gathering evidence, developing norms and standards and designing effective tools to enhance the skills in gender analysis and actions of WHO and Member States.

Gender and HIV

Globally, half of all people living with HIV are women. Hence, GWHN launched a tool to improve the health sector's responsiveness to women's needs. The tool targets programme managers and service providers of HIV/AIDS programmes such as HIV testing and counselling, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, treatment, care and support. Various sections of the tool were field-tested in five countries: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania.

"Each section of the manual is a gem, even the Preface, a terrific exposition of what investments should be, but rarely are, made to produce a user-friendly tool… This manual should be widely introduced, not simply disseminated, by WHO and all others engaged in the delivery and funding of HIV/AIDS services in the health sector." Adrienne Germain, President, International Women’s Health Coalition

Gender and malaria

An analysis of the linkages between gender and malaria is key to effectively combating malaria as a leading cause of death and disability. GWHN has consequently developed a Gender and malaria toolkit to strengthen malaria programming through gender analysis and actions. The package includes gender-sensitive indicators and a checklist.

Gender, climate change and health

While disasters create hardships for everyone, natural disasters kill, on average, more women than men or kill women at a younger age than men. In response, GWHN, in collaboration with the WHO Department of Protection of the Human Environment (PHE), developed a discussion paper Gender, climate change and health. It provides a framework for countries to develop standardized health risk assessments and climate policy interventions that are beneficial to both women and men, taking into consideration their differential needs and challenges. It also highlights areas that need further research and evidence.