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Health promotion glossary

Provides an overview of ideas and concepts which are central to contemporary health promotion.

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Published: 1998
The world health report 2004: changing history
Argues that tackling HIV/AIDS is the world’s most urgent public health challenge. Calls for a comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy that links prevention, treatment, care and long-term support. (See Details)
Published: 2004
The world health report 2005: make every mother and child count
States that reducing maternal and child death tolls depends largely on every mother and every child having the right to access to health care from pregnancy through childbirth, the neonatal period and childhood. (See Details)
Published: 2005
Engaging men and boys in changing gender-based inequity in health: evidence from programme interventions

This review assesses the effectiveness of programme interventions seeking to engage men and boys in achieving gender equality and equity in health. Research with men and boys has shown how inequitable gender norms - social expectations of what men and boys should and should not do - influence how men interact with their partners, families and children on a wide range of issues. These include preventing the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive use, physical violence, household tasks, parenting and their health-seeking behaviour.

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Published: January 2007
Integrating gender into the curriculum for health professionals

This report summarizes the discussions at a meeting that the WHO Department of Gender, Women and Health (GWH) convened in December 2006 about integrating gender into the curricula for health professionals to ensure that these considerations are addressed in health policies and programmes. The document provides lists of core gender competencies for physicians and public health professionals and recommendations for policy-makers and medical educators to move the agenda forward.

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Published: 2007
Women's health and human rights: monitoring the implementation of CEDAW

This guide explains how human rights related to health are enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), governmental obligations to implement those rights and monitoring of those obligations by the CEDAW Committee. It concludes with suggestions for maximizing WHO’s use of the CEDAW monitoring process.

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Published: January 2007
A summary of the "so what?" report: a look at whether integrating a gender focus into programmes makes a difference to outcomes

This summary of the full 'So what' report of 2004 provides policy-makers and programme mangers with four recommendations as to how to integrate gender concerns into reproductive health programmes. It highlights interventions that have had a positive impact on reproductive health outcomes, whether by exploiting, accommodating or transforming gender inequities, in four categories: maternal morbidity and mortality, unintended pregnancy, STIs/HIV/AIDS and quality of care.

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Published: July 2005
Rising to the challenge: sex- and gender-based analysis for health planning, policy and research in Canada

A book and a series of workshops were created by the Atlantic, British Columbia and Prairie Centres of Excellence which outline the core concepts and process of undertaking sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA).  This article describes the successes of both the book and workshop in helping people understand and integrate SGBA into their work.

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Published: Spring/Summer 2010
Addressing violence against women and achieving millenium development goals

Violence against women hinders progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This document highlights the connections between the MDGs and the prevention of violence against women by showing how: a) working towards the MDGs will reduce violence against women; and b) preventing violence against women will contribute to achieving the MDGs. It provides recommendations to address violence against women and promote progress towards the 8 MDGs.

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Published: January 2005
Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector

This tool helps programme managers and health-care providers in the public and private sectors integrate gender into HIV/AIDS programmes they wish to set up, implement and evaluate so they are more responsive to women's needs. It suggests practical actions to address key gender issues in four service delivery areas: 1. HIV testing and counseling; 2. prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; 3. HIV/AIDS treatment and care; 4. home-based care and support for people living with HIV.

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Published: 2009