Defining a Gender-Competent Health Workforce

Activity

Increase Number, Skill Mix, and Competency of the Health Workforce

Increase Number, Skill Mix, and Competency of the Health Workforce

Defining a Gender-Competent Health Workforce

As countries develop their health workforce, health workers’ understanding and awareness of how gender and power dynamics influence the provision of services must also improve to foster the skills necessary to provide gender-equitable healthcare. This is particularly true for family planning (FP) where access to a full range of care and information can be affected, often unintentionally, by provider biases. By improving gender competency among FP providers, countries can improve gender equality and increase access to FP services for both women and men, helping them to make informed decisions about the FP method that meets their needs, while improving health outcomes overall.

 

To advance a more gender-competent health workforce, HRH2030 has worked to:

  • Define gender competency in terms of FP service provision by identifying the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that a gender-competent FP service provider should embody and demonstrate through practice
  • Develop a gender-competency framework as a resource for practitioners, health facility staff, trainers, and HRH professionals to understand and incorporate gender awareness into core competencies to improve FP services.

Activity Leader:
Samantha Law, Chemonics

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Duration:
2016 – 2018

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Country Impacted:
Global

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Status:
Ongoing