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A call to action for Universal Health Coverage – Why we need to address gender inequities in the Neglected Tropical Diseases community

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Ozano, Kim, Dean, Laura ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4910-9707, Linou, Natalia, MacPherson, Eleanor, Yoshimura, Mami, Theobald, Sally ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9053-211X and Otmani del Barrio, Mariam (2020) 'A call to action for Universal Health Coverage – Why we need to address gender inequities in the Neglected Tropical Diseases community'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol 14, Issue 3, e0007786.

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Abstract

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pledge to leave no one behind have raised the importance of ensuring equitable health outcomes and healthcare delivery. Multisectoral approaches to tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and healthcare, have had a limited focus on gender. Yet, gender roles and relations shape vulnerability to NTDs, access to prevention and treatment, and experience of living with NTDs [1]. Understanding the similarities and differences of disease vulnerability and experience between genders can support NTD actors to deliver equitable prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services. The NTD community, including researchers and practitioners, needs to better understand these dynamics and take action to advance gender equality, meet the NTD roadmap 2020 goals, and contribute towards the SDGs and universal health coverage (UHC). The UHC movement is advocating for clear action to address the gender determinants of health. This viewpoint synthesizes evidence from a discussion paper [2] developed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and TDR (Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, and WHO) in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to support governments and nongovernment organizations to understand how to recognize and address gender inequities within NTD programs and improve delivery through gender analysis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0007786
Depositing User: Tina Bowers
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 15:05
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 09:57
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/14101

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