The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): L. Irani, S. Pappa, R. Juya, M. Bishop, and K. Hardee
Primary Language: English
There is a need to identify and address gender sensitive norms that affect access to and use of the healthcare system in Afghanistan. In particular, there is limited evidence and guidance on how gender sensitive norms affect services provided at the facility level. In response to this gap, the Health Policy Project conducted a literature review to identify determinants of gender sensitivity within the Afghanistan healthcare system and document examples of best practices and successful programs from surrounding regions and countries. The literature review also documents the steps taken by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) to integrate gender into its many activities. It further highlights existing tools and checklists used worldwide that measure gender integration within various aspects of the healthcare system, with the ultimate goal to guide future gender integration activities within the Afghanistan healthcare system.
The literature review provides scientific evidence of the need for a tool to determine whether a health facility is gender sensitive and is integrating gender across all aspects of healthcare services. The findings in the literature review are guiding the development of such a tool for the MOPH’s use to monitor the progress of gender integration in all facilities over time and make comparisons across facilities.