Gender equity in health
Where gender inequities persist, health inequity persists. PATH works to strengthen health equity through increased access to gender-responsive health services and innovations.
Analyzing gender barriers
Addressing the gender dimensions of global health challenges means first understanding them fully, informed by the individuals, communities, and institutions where we work. PATH teams use gender analysis, the gender assessment of health policies, and sex-disaggregated data to help identify gaps and find solutions.
Gender equitable solutions
PATH brings a critical, gender lens to developing and implementing health solutions. With decades of expertise, we consider the gendered aspects of how health innovations and services are designed, tested, and launched, to create and scale solutions that meet the needs of all people, regardless of their sex, gender identity, or gender expression.
Using quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, with a special focus on disaggregated gender data, PATH analyzes gender-related barriers to health and monitors progress toward gender equity.
Building on our experience strengthening primary health care systems, PATH identifies gender-based barriers to health and designs programs that help ensure all individuals access health innovations and services. In Kenya, with the support of USAID, PATH provides a comprehensive package of evidence-informed behavioral, biomedical, and structural interventions for primary HIV prevention for youth.
Gender-responsive advocacy and policy are critical for catalyzing equitable health systems. Working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health, PATH sought to understand the dynamics that contributed to disparities and elevated solutions to reduce the impact of gender barriers to COVID-19 immunization. This qualitative evidence informed the creation of a more gender intentional vaccine deployment approach.
We develop and promote health innovations that address the needs of women, men, and individuals of all gender identities and expressions. For example, PATH and partners, with funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, supported trans-competent HIV and health services in Vietnam. This included confidential community-based HIV testing, hormone counseling, mental health counseling, and pre-exposure prophylaxis services, run and delivered by transgender women and their allies at specialized, gender-affirming clinics.
Everyone has the right to the knowledge, resources, and innovations that will help them optimize their own health. The PATH-led Chak a Chaka project provides young women who have graduated from the USAID-funded DREAMS program in Kenya with follow-on opportunities to gain entrepreneurial skills and build financial resources to protect their health and wellbeing, and that of their families.
For nearly 20 years, PATH has brought government partners and communities together to achieve evidence-based prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV). The GBV project implemented by PATH in Myanmar assessed the needs of women migrant workers through consultations with peer educators and developed messages and trainings to increase awareness of GBV and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the migrant community.
GlossaryPATH Gender Equity in Programming Glossary
BriefEnsuring Continuation of Essential Dreams Services in Western Kenya During COVID-19
FactsheetAddressing gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) for migrant people in Myanmar
2-pagerAddressing gender barriers to TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
BenchmarksEquity in Programming Benchmarks
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