Authors: Kevin McKague, Sarah Harrison, and Jenipher Musoke
Although efforts to reach gender equality can improve health outcomes, research is lacking as to what specific gender barriers exist that perpetuate substandard health outcomes. This qualitative study set out to identify specific gender barriers that create obstacles to achieving improved health in Africa. Researchers found that female community health workers face gender based constraints such as lack of economic empowerment, risks to personal safety, insufficient professional development opportunities, lack of access to capital and social support, as well as financial difficulties. The study highlights areas for improvement in CHW program development and opportunities for CHW programs to prioritize their female CHWs.
Link: Gender intentional approaches to enhance health social enterprises in Africa: a qualitative study of constraints and strategies
Resource Type: Research
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)