Gender sensitivity in national health plans in Latin America and the European Union

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Title: Gender sensitivity in national health plans in Latin America and the European Union
Authors: Briones Vozmediano, Erica | Vives-Cases, Carmen | Peiró Pérez, Rosana
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Gender | Health planning | Health policy | Public health | Women's health
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 23-May-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: BRIONES-VOZMEDIANO, Erica; VIVES-CASES, Carmen; PEIRÓ-PÉREZ, Rosana. “Gender sensitivity in national health plans in Latin America and the European Union”. Health Policy. Vol. 106, No. 1 (June 2012). ISSN 0168-8510, pp. 88-96
Abstract: Objectives: To evaluate the situation regarding gender sensitivity in national health plans in Latin America and the European Union for the decade 2000–2010. Methods: A systematic search and content analysis of national health plans were carried out within 37 countries. Gender sensitivity, defined as the extent to which a health plan considers gender as a central category and develops measures to reduce any gender-related inequalities, was analysed through an ad hoc checklist. Results: The description of health problems by sex was more frequent than intervention proposals aimed at reducing gender health disparities. The greatest number of specific intervention proposals targeted at overcoming gender-based health inequalities were associated with sexual and/or reproductive health, gender based violence, the working environment and human resources training. Compared to the European Union member states, Latin American health plans were found to be generally more gender sensitive. Conclusions: National health plans are still generally lacking in gender sensitivity. Disparities exist in health policy formulation in favour of men, whilst women's health continues to be identified mainly with reproductive health. If gender sensitivity is not taken into account, efforts to improve the quality of clinical care will be insufficient as gender inequalities will persist.
Sponsor: This study was partly supported by the Women Health Observatory of the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equity of Spain.
ISSN: 0168-8510 (Print) | 1872-6054 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.03.001
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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