Integrating Gender in Improvement Activities Implementation Guide
Gender-related roles, needs, behaviors and autonomy both influence and are impacted by the health care improvements. Without considering gender, potentially half of the population is neglected in a health improvement effort. The ways men and women interact with each other and with the health system may also provide opportunities to strengthen health improvement projects. USAID and the Global Health Initiative recognize the necessity to integrate gender into health systems strengthening efforts and commit to gender equality in health care access and services. However, the different ways gender interacts with health care improvement initiatives is not always obvious and addressing gendered issues among health care staff and communities can be challenging.