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enhancing Ghana’s health sector’s capacity to address gender inequality

Oct 9, 2023 | Health | 0 comments

Ghana’s Accra Gender barriers and inequities in health service access and use must be addressed to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG three’s universal health coverage.

With over 20 agencies represented, Ghana’s Ministry of Health launched the Health Sector Gender Focal Technical Group. The working group must support the Health Sector Gender Policy review and update and ensure gender mainstreaming in agencies.

Global Affairs Canada funds the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen the Health Sector Gender Focal Technical Group to better integrate gender, equity, and rights into health policies and programmes.

In opening the workshop on behalf of WHO Representative to Ghana, Prof Francis Kasolo, WHO Ghana Lead of the Healthier Population Cluster, Akosua Kwakye stressed the importance of applying a gender lens to all health programme planning and implementation to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“We know planning processes are not gender neutral, so if we can analyse and understand gender and equity-related issues in our health programming, it will help us address the gaps in equitable access to health services at all levels of care,” said Akosua Kwakye.

WHO and Ghana’s capacity building shows their shared commitment to building a health system that meets everyone’s needs and reaches the most vulnerable and marginalised.

We believe health system capacity must be strengthened for gender mainstreaming and integration. Thus, we are proud to work with WHO to maintain this momentum in all our agencies, says the Ministry of Health Planning and Liaison of the Gender Desk Mavis Adobea Botchway.

The capacity enhancement has empowered gender-focal persons to lead change and ensure that their agencies’ mandates consistently provide the right to health for all.

“This has been a very insightful training that will have implications for our gender mainstreaming efforts,” says Food and Drugs Authority Human Resource Officer Michael Appiah (FDA). “I liked the gender analysis module and exercises because they will help us identify who might be missed and what might be blocking our interventions.

Participants in the training, which included 28 gender focal persons from all Ministry of Health agencies, learned about gender, equity, and rights-based approaches; evidence on sex, gender, and health; gender analysis, including tools and resources; health inequality monitoring and workplace sexual misconduct; and programme implementation.

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