The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Sara Pappa, Arundati Muralidharan, Radhika Dayal, and Madhumita Das
Primary Language: English
The Gender, Policy and Measurement (GPM) program, funded by the Asia bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is collaborating with USAID and other partners in the Asia region to strengthen programs for scale-up in Family Planning and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (FP/MNCH). As a part of this effort, the GPM program, under the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP), along with partner institutions in India—the International Center for Research on Women and the Public Health Foundation of India—sought to examine how successful gender-integrated health programs (identified through a systematic review of gender-integrated health programs in low- and middle-income countries have been scaled up, with a focus on programs that were scaled up through government structures in India.
This report assesses the processes, challenges, successes, and lessons learned from scaling up gender-integrated programs through government systems in India; it provides an in-depth, comparative analysis of the scale-up experiences of three programs: Gender Equity Movement in Schools, PRACHAR, and Avahan. It identifies wide variations in government motivations for adoption and scale-up, approaches to scale-up, partnerships and engagement with key stakeholders, resource mobilization, and the modification or lack of attention to important gender components or aspects of the original pilot program(s). Finally, the study offers distinct and critical snapshots of gender throughout scale-up.