The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Jennifer Pendleton, Laili Irani, Madison Mellish, Rebecca Mbuya-Brown, and Nancy Yinger
Primary Language: English
USAID has defined health governance as the ability to “competently [direct] health system resources, performance, and stakeholder participation toward the goal of saving lives and doing so in ways that are open, transparent, accountable, equitable, and responsive to the needs of people.” Effective governance for gender equality and health across sectors is a fundamental factor in achieving gender equality and improved equitable health outcomes. In many cases, however, strong gender and health policies exist, but implementation is weak, as governance for gender and health issues is complex, straddling health and other development sectors, and requires strong coordination. Often leadership for this coordination falls to ministries of gender (or women), which tend to be weak and under-resourced.
This Health Policy Project literature review and synthesis report examines the institutional roles and mandates of gender and health ministries in strengthening gender integration within health sector policy, institutions, and systems. The review includes documentation of challenges in resource allocation, political will, monitoring, and institutional coordination.