Integrating Gender and Equity in Health Research and Policy in India

In India, researchers and policymakers have only partially succeeded in incorporating gender concerns in health research, policy and programs. There is need for a more indepth and nuanced gender analysis on women's health. And, gaps still exist in the issues covered, such as the intersection of gender with caste and economic class.

This project will be carried out in two parts, the first being research and the second advocacy. Researchers will further develop an existing gendered framework for analyzing health systems, and apply it to ongoing field research on women`s health in Karnataka State. The research findings will then be used to pilot test innovations, reframe existing policy, and advocate for better services to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, and violence against women. In this context, violence against women is understood, not as episodic, but as systematic, violation of women`s physical and psychological health through normalized patterns of deprivation and abuse.

Specific outputs will include: a framework for understanding violence against women; adaptation of the "Three Delays" model of maternal mortality to resource-poor and highly gender-biased contexts; and procedures for handling risks and complications in pregnancy. The results will be fed into ongoing work of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage.

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Start Date

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

End Date

Sunday, July 26, 2015


42 months

IDRC Officer

Mhatre, Sharmila

Total funding

CA$ 575,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Prof. Gita Sen


Indian Institute of Management [Bangalore]

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