Source: DHIS2 Since August 2020 – through the USAID Social Behavior Change Activity – WI-HER has been working closely with USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-East) Project and Tororo District’s Nagongera health center (HC) IV facility staff to address poor viral suppression rates (Table 1). HIV positive clients of Nagongera HC IV were missing appointments and not adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART) required to achieve viral suppression. […]
By: Aisha Ahmed, Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor, Sokoto State, Nigeria USAID IHP brought together program officers from different ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure that activities included in the annual operational plan (AOP) were realistic and also gender responsive. Sexual, reproductive, and maternal health issues are affecting women in Sokoto state, Nigeria. Unsafe sex and fistula are major risk factors, particularly among women and girls. This is why the USAID Integrated Health Program (IHP) is working tirelessly with the State Ministry of Health, State Primary Health Care, and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to strengthen health systems and ensure that sexual and reproductive health services are utilized by women in need of contraception or other relevant services. The program is working hard to ensure that Sokoto state has a robust financing system and a sufficient number of well-trained, motivated health workers. In previous years, the State picked a handful of directors and a consultant to draw up the annual operational plan, but that didn’t really reflect the reality on the ground nor develop the activities necessary to address the needs of the State and the communities they served. In 2020, IHP brought together program officers from different ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure that activities included in the annual operational plan (AOP) were realistic and also gender responsive to the needs of the State. It was also the first time that female officers were part of the AOP development; these officers included activities that they felt would improve the health services, and ultimately the health indices, in the state.
By Stella Abah, Gender, Social Inclusion, & Community Engagement Advisor, IHP Kebbi State, Nigeria Engaging men as fathers during pregnancy is a positive entry point to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) as well as couple relations. Men’s greater involvement in RMNCH can also open opportunities to improve men’s own sexual and reproductive health, disrupt intergenerational cycles of violence, and promote men’s roles as advocates for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Gender inequality negatively impacts the health of women and children, including during pregnancy and the perinatal period, and there are multiple pathways linking gender inequity to poor health outcomes for women and men. In June 2020, Gender, Social Inclusion, and Community Engagement Advisor Stella Abah facilitated a three-day workshop to engage stakeholders in designing and implementing activities to engage men within the health facility and address factors to reduce barriers to maternal and child health service utilization by men and women. Involving men in the health of women and newborns around the time of childbirth as partners and agents of change – including but not limited to supporting women during and after pregnancy; helping seek skilled care for the birth, newborn care, nutrition, and safe family planning after childbirth; and maternal mental health – has the potential to directly address systematic and pervasive negative gender influences on RMNCH outcomes in Kebbi state. […]
By: Emilia Okon, IHP Ebonyi Gender, Social Inclusion, and Community Engagement Advisor In April 2020, the USAID Integrated Health Program (IHP), USAID/Nigeria’s flagship service delivery project, started its work in Ebonyi, a state in southeastern Nigeria, to contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality of women and children. A few months later, IHP brought together key government and nongovernment stakeholders to discuss issues around gender, social inclusion, and gender-based violence (GBV) in the state. IHP Ebonyi aimed to use this session as a first opportunity to engage and build partnerships with these key stakeholders as we begin our work toward improving maternal and child health outcomes in Ebonyi. Nearly 30 participants came together for a day of presentations and discussion to gain new information and identify opportunities for future collaboration between IHP, the Ebonyi State Government, and nongovernmental actors to address gender, social inclusion, and GBV. These participants represented important decision-makers and actors, including the Ebonyi State Ministry of Health (ESMOH), Child Protection Network (CPN), Ebonyi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ESPHCDA), Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki Succour and Development Services Initiative (SUCCDEV), Family Succour & Upliftment, Alpha Health Alert & Woman Development (AHADO), Civil Resource Development and Documentation Center Nigeria (CIRDDOC), Ebonyi State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (ESMOWA-SD), Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency (EBSHIA), The National Obstetric Fistula Centre Abakaliki (NOFIC), and Ebonyi Women Initiative for Acceleration (EBOWOIFA). […]
By Stella Abah, Gender, Social Inclusion, & Community Engagement Advisor, IHP Kebbi State, Nigeria Gender roles are expectations set by society to define and explain how women and men should act based solely on whether they are born male or female. Despite different generations possessing their own distinct values in this regard, there are nonetheless rigid widespread similarities in how gender is perceived. Rigid gender norms and gender inequalities drive ill health for women, men, girls and boys, and contribute to poverty. That means everyone can be a victim of these gender norms. An adolescent girl who may want to go to school in Kebbi may be denied access to education due to the culture’s predominant restrictive gender norms and biases that creeps in at the community and home level. Such girls are sometimes forced into early marriage – often with men much older – putting them at greater risk for complications in pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), exploitation and more risk of gender-based violence (GBV). For boys, an emphasis on being strong or macho encourages them to engage in risky behaviors like smoking, drinking and using drugs at an earlier age. They’re also more likely to get injured in traffic and occupational accidents, and die of homicide. […]
Potential gains in GDP from women's labor market participation Brookings Institution estimates by increasing women's labor market participation to the same rate as advanced economies, Africa would gain 44 million more labor market participants. According to Andinet Woldemichael, some policy areas worth focusing on in Africa include: empowering women in the informal sector and escaping the "middle dip" in labor force participation. Furthermore, he encourages focusing on gender parity in pay as well as improving protections for women. Source: Brookings Institution https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2020/01/29/figure-of-the-week-economic-gains-from-increasing-female-labor-force-participation-in-africa/
Entrepreneurial women in Jordan leverage the gig economy during COVID A scholar of gender and development shares how leveraging the growing gig economy in Jordan can offer one way forward in changing the perceptions of women entering the labor market and provide more flexible opportunities to work. The piece is based on preliminary findings from qualitative research in Jordan about the role of the sharing economy in promoting economic growth and empowerment. https://theconversation.com/the-sharing-economy-helps-women-find-new-economic-opportunities-in-jordan-131427