The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Laili Irani, Madison Mellish, Rahila Juya, Hamrah Khan, Omarzaman Sayedi, and Kathleen Sears
Primary Language: English
In Afghanistan, gender-related barriers hinder equitable access to and use of the healthcare system. A Health Policy Project 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 findings suggest the need to improve the equitability of services, such as provide more female healthcare providers, gender-sensitize providers, ensure privacy of patients and work with communities to increase utilization of services. The tool is being integrated into the Ministry of Public Health’s routine monitoring systems.