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The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).

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Integrate Gender to Expand Equitable Health Services

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Children in India walking home from school. Photo by HPP India.

Gender inequality is a significant barrier to improving family planning and maternal and child health. Factors such as women’s status and empowerment, male involvement, and gender-based violence are closely linked with women’s ability to access family planning and maternal and child healthcare. Gender-related barriers and constraints can contribute to limited reach and scale of health programs. On the other hand, incorporating strategies to address gender inequality can lead to improved health and program outcomes.

As part of the Gender, Policy, and Measurement program, the Health Policy Project collaborates with USAID missions and other partners to integrate gender into family planning, maternal, neonatal, and child health, and specific nutrition-related programs. By addressing gender inequality, the health programs seek to make coverage more accessible and improve the overall health of women, children, and families.

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Publications and Resources

Integrating Gender into the Scale-up of Family Planning and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Programs
Working paper analyzing whether gender factors in planning and scaling up programs improve the effectiveness of that process.

Promoting Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Local Health Governance in Nepal
Brief about HPP efforts to strengthen the capacity of local Health Facility Operation and Management Committees to promote gender equality in provision of health services in Nepal.

Approach for Promoting and Measuring Gender Equality in the Scale-Up of Family Planning and Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Programs
This document presents an approach designed to help countries advance the systematic integration of gender equality into the scale-up of family planning and maternal, neonatal, and child health interventions and best practices.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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