Health systems that work for women & girls

Authors: Jeffrey W. Mecaskey and Georgia Taylor
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2016

Health systems that work for women & girls illustrates how Health Partners International’s (HPI) and WISE Development’s work supports gender equality, across the six WHO health system building blocks as well as a seventh – Community Systems, encompassing both contextualisation, demand creation and increased accountability.

Over the last 20 years, HPI has developed a body of evidence and experience around ‘women centred health care’ and around gender equality within the health system, including human resources systems, in some of the most challenging environments. Our work has involved intensive engagement with stakeholders in general and women and girls in particular. We know that creating ‘women-centred health care’ at scale requires strengthening governance and systems with explicit attention to the perspectives and priorities of women at each step in the systems development process.

We have seen that a health system shaped by women’s perspectives and priorities is a health system that works for a better society, enabling empowered and resilient communities.



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Tags: Health systems, Accountability, community systems, gender equality, WiSE Development, Health Partners International, Gendered approach, resilent health systems, people-centred, women-centred, people-centered, women-centered, WHO building blocks, health systems framework,
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