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Gender Equality

Advancing Gender Equality in Health Systems

CapacityPlus developed learning tools to address the challenges of gender inequalities and discrimination in the health workforce and health professional education systems and promote gender-transformative principles in advocacy, policy-making, and program
implementation.

Gender Discrimination and Health Workforce Development: An Advocacy Tool

Health professional education systems play a pivotal role in developing competent, motivated health workers who are vital to the delivery of high-quality family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and other essential health services. This online tool outlines recommended combinations of gender transformative interventions to counter various forms of gender discrimination in learning environments, and provides advocacy strategies for stakeholders to develop plans to create, implement, and enforce conducive environments, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination policies. The tool draws from a technical report and technical brief published by CapacityPlus on strengthening the health worker pipeline through gender transformative strategies.
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Integrating the PEPFAR Technical Considerations into Health Services to Improve the Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence in Kenya:Final Report

USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS Gender Technical Working Group invited CapacityPlus to apply its expertise in health worker training and performance support to improve health system response to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual violence in Kenya. In collaboration with USAID’s FUNZOKenya health worker training project and its APHIAplus Kamili service delivery project, CapacityPlus supported the Ministry of Health’s Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit in revising the national sexual and gender-based violence curriculum to reflect recent changes in national policy guidelines. This final report documents achievements and lessons learned from the activity and includes the findings from a desk review and training needs assessment that informed the development of the new training module and supplemental training and performance support materials.

Promoting Gender Equality in the Health Workforce: An Advocacy Tool

Health workforce leaders may not be aware of the ways in which gender discrimination impedes efforts to develop, efficiently deploy, and fairly compensate their workforce. This can result in maldistribution, absenteeism, and a limited pool of motivated health workers, which can negatively impact the provision of health care. This advocacy tool helps users to understand how common forms of gender inequalities and discrimination can negatively affect the health workforce; assess whether health workers may be experiencing one or more forms of discrimination; and successfully advocate and take action through policy-making and improved management to reduce gender discrimination and build a more motivated and effective workforce to serve the population’s family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and other primary health care needs.

Gender Equality and Health Workforce Development Advocacy Tool

This forthcoming online tool focuses on aspects of gender discrimination in health workforce development specifically related to preservice education, such as issues affecting health professional students and faculty. If you would like us to contact you when we publish this tool, please let us know.

Gender and Health Systems Strengthening

This free course on the Global Health eLearning Center is authored by CapacityPlus’s Constance Newman of IntraHealth International. The course is intended to assist USAID field-based health officers, foreign service nationals, and US government partners to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in health systems strengthening efforts. By the end of the course, the learner will understand how health systems components interact with each other, how gender plays a role in each health systems component, and how to address these gender issues in health systems strengthening activities in order to improve health and social outcomes. CapacityPlus’s Crystal Ng and Ann Yang of IntraHealth International served as course managers along with Nandini Jayarajan and Lisa Mwaikambo of JHU∙CCP.

Reforming Health Education Institutions to Eliminate Gender Discrimination

Gender inequalities in admission, retention, and graduation are recognized as significant barriers to achieving preservice education goals. Less attention has been paid to how gender discrimination affects students’ education and career opportunities and faculty professional development, career opportunities, and satisfaction. CapacityPlus compiled and analyzed literature on gender discrimination in higher education, including health worker preservice education. Additional information was gathered by contacting institution staff and reviewing institutional websites. Presented at the 2014 Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Pattaya, Thailand on January 27–31, 2014, this poster summarizes the review, highlights lessons learned by the Kenya Medical Training College, and recommends key actions that stakeholders can take at institutional and governmental levels to counter gender discrimination.

Achieving HRH Commitments: Lessons Learned and Resources from CapacityPlus

This presentation was given at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, during the CapacityPlus side session on November 9, 2013. Project leaders shared innovative resources and lessons learned from their application at the country level in the areas of health workforce planning, production, management, performance, and retention.