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Promoting Gender-Responsive Health Governance: Lessons and Next Steps
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Author(s): Jennifer Pendleton, Laili Irani, Madison Mellish, Rebecca Mbuya-Brown, and Nancy Yinger

Primary Language: English

Date: 9/30/2015


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.

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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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