SEEK participates in panel on gender equality and health systems strengthening at World Health Summit

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Hosted by the Women in Global Health network, the panel mixed individual presentations with interactive exercises to discuss gender-transformative health system policies. Christina offered data-driven insights into donor funding for gender equality in the health workforce and led a breakout discussion on how international organizations and donors can strengthen gender equality within their own institutions.  

Recent global health strategies have recognized the importance of promoting gender equality in the health workforce to achieving the SDG target of Universal Health Coverage by 2030. Institutionalizing women's leadership and strengthening organizations' capacities to address gender biases and inequities in the health labor market will be key in reaching this goal.

Using OECD data, SEEK was able to identify how much funding has gone to these areas. Key takeaways from our analysis include:

  • Within funding for workforce development, gender equality is highly emphasized – over half of all funding for the health workforce went to projects promoting gender equality
  • However, in relative terms, the greatest share of gender-related funding goes to health personnel development, rather than macro-level areas of change such as health policy and administrative management
  • This suggests that donors are focusing on ground-level development, rather than system-level change – and it could be time to change the narrative

For more information, please see the presentation slides available for download as a PDF at the top of this page.

SEEK would like to thank the World Health Summit for this exciting opportunity and looks forward to continuing the conversation on gender equality and global health leadership.

SEEK Managing Director Christina Schrade with other panelists following a panel at the World Health Summit hosted by Women in Global Health.