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Gendered Health Systems: Evidence from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Gendered Health Systems: Evidence from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Rosemary Morgan
Richard Mangwi Ayiasi
Debjani Barman
Stephen Buzuzi
Charles Ssemugabo
Nkoli Ezumah
Asha S. George
Kate Hawkins
Xiaoning Hao
Rebecca King
Tianyang Liu
Sassy Molyneux
Kelly W. Muraya
David Musoke
Tumaini Nyamhanga
Bandeth Ros
Kassimu Tani
Sally Theobald
Sreytouch Vong
Linda Waldman
Publication Date
Friday, July 6, 2018

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Morgan); Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Ayiasi, Ssemugabo, Musoke); IIHMR University (Barman); Biomedical Research and Training Institute (Buzuzi); University of Nigeria (Ezumah); University of Western Cape (George); Pamoja Communications Ltd. (Hawkins); China National Health Development Research Center (Liu); University of Leeds (King); Kenya Medical Research Institute, or KEMRI (Molyneux, Muraya); Oxford University (Molyneux); Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Nyamhanga); ReBUILD and RinGs Consortia (Ros, Vong); Ifakara Health Institute (Tani); Liverpool Schoolof Tropical Medicine (Theobald); Institute of Development Studies (Waldman)

"While gender power relations are highly context specific, the fact that we were able to identify core themes across nine studies conducted in diverse contexts demonstrates the permeability and perviousness of gender inequities globally."

Within health systems research, gender analysis seeks to understand how gender power relations create inequities in access to resources, the distribution of labour and roles, social norms and values, and decision-making. Intersectionality offers an analysis of how gender and other social stratifiers are mutually constituted and intersect in interactive ways. This paper synthesises findings from 9 studies, providing examples of how a gendered and/or intersectional gender approach can be applied by researchers in a range of low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings (Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, China, Nigeria, and Tanzania) to issues across the health system.

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