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A Tool to Assess the Gender Sensitivity of a Health Facility: Pilot Tested in Afghanistan
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Author(s): Laili Irani, Karen Hardee, Meghan Bishop

Primary Language: English

Date: 6/15/2015


In Afghanistan, gender-related barriers hinder equitable access to and use of the healthcare system. Afghanistan does not have a tool to measure whether a healthcare facility conforms to the prevalent gender norms and is providing equitable management to men and women. A tool was developed to measure a facility’s gender sensitivity using well-established quality of care standards, while considering the Afghan context. This tool was pilot tested in 21 facilities across four provinces from September 2013–January 2014. The tool is being integrated into the Ministry of Public Health’s routine monitoring systems.

This tool has been designed to measure the gender-sensitivity of a health facility in Afghanistan with the intention of being collected across all facilities annually. This tool will benefit the country’s healthcare system and also enhance the field of measuring gender sensitivity in health facilities. Even though this tool was developed with the intention of being pilot tested and implemented in Afghan health facilities, it can be adapted and used across various countries and levels of facilities. The purpose of this publication is to make this tool available to a larger audience who will find the questions useful within their context, whether measuring the gender-sensitivity of a health facility or the quality of care being provided at a broader level.

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Gender    Health Systems Strengthening    Integration    Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)    Other Health Domains    Tool/Toolkit    Afghanistan  
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