The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Sandra Duvall and Sara Pappa
Primary Language: English
In 2011, the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) provided technical assistance to support gender integration in the Mali National Health and Social Development Program (PRODESS). As part of this effort, HPP conducted a gender and health analysis using available data to inform PRODESS working groups. To facilitate the analysis, HPP developed a systematic gender data analysis process and identified data sources, including the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and the National Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), to elucidate gender-specific cultural attitudes and practices and gender-related barriers with the potential to impact health outcomes for women and girls in Mali.
This document presents this secondary data analysis process, along with findings from Mali, to facilitate its possible application in other settings. We provide step-by-step procedures for using existing data sources to analyze key gender and health data and to illustrate the links between gender disparities and health outcomes. This process serves as a practical, easy-to-follow method for conducting a low-cost, data-informed gender analysis that can be used to provide concrete, quantifiable examples of the impact of gender on health and other development outcomes