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Gender and Health : Barriers and Opportunities for Women's Participation in the Private Health Sector in Africa

HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BIRTH RISKS SPECIALIST SOCIALIZATION PHYSICIAN PHYSIOTHERAPISTS FINANCING ABUSE MIDWIFERY PHARMACISTS DONOR DEATHS PSYCHOLOGY LAWS DOCTORS SEXES HEALTH EDUCATION COMMUNITY HEALTH DISCRIMINATION MOTHERS HEALTH CARE INFERTILITY DEATH HEALTH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DENTISTRY GENDER PERSPECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSONAL INFORMATION PUBLIC HEALTH HEALTH SECTOR KNOWLEDGE DISABILITIES YOUTHS MATERNITY LEAVE WORKPLACE PREGNANCIES IMMUNIZATION PATIENT PATIENTS INTERVENTION SECONDARY SCHOOLS SPECIALISTS DOUBLE BURDEN MIGRATION NURSES HEALTH MANAGEMENT OBSERVATION ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES HEALTH PROFESSIONAL GENDER NORMS MALE GENDER INEQUALITIES MORTALITY RATE EXTENDED FAMILIES GENITAL MUTILATION INTERVIEW GENDER ISSUES MENTAL HEALTH MORTALITY GENERAL PRACTICE MIDWIFE MEDICAL DOCTOR WORKERS DOCTOR HEALTH CARE PROVISION GENDER DIFFERENCES NURSE WOMAN LIFESTYLE SEX-DISAGGREGATED DATA CARE GENDER MEDICINE HEALTH OUTCOMES HEALTH TRAINING VICTIMS PERSONAL LIFE DENTAL HEALTH STRESS DENTISTS YOUTH DECISION MAKING NUTRITION MOTHER WORKSHOPS PHARMACIST MASCULINITY HEALTH POLICIES INTERNET SEX HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WEIGHT PHYSICIANS SEXUAL HARASSMENT CHILDREN GENDERS FEMALES CLINICS WORKING CONDITIONS FATHER GENDER ANALYSIS MIDWIVES GENERAL PRACTITIONERS DONORS THERAPISTS POPULATION MEDICAL DOCTORS RISK-TAKING STRATEGY MALES SIBLINGS REGISTRATION FAMILIES CHILD HEALTH SERVICES WOMEN MEDICINES HOSPITALS DENTIST MUTILATION GENDER ROLES CULTURAL FACTORS HEALTH SERVICE FEMALE DENTAL ASSISTANTS HEALTH SERVICES IMPLEMENTATION MALE HEALTH NURSING NURSING HOMES
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Africa | Burkina Faso | Congo, Republic of | Ghana | Kenya | Nigeria | South Sudan | Uganda
2015-11-16T22:23:54Z | 2015-11-16T22:23:54Z | 2015-05

Despite their strong contribution to the overall world economic growth, gender gaps are wide in many countries in sub Saharan Africa and low representation of women in the private health sector is wider than in other sectors. While women and youth use the majority of health services both private and public, women are underrepresented as private health care providers and have limited access to financing to open their own private practices. This landscape has prompted the HNP Global Practice to take a critical look at the factors which hamper the growth of female and young private health practitioners vis a vis their male counterparts (usually older and more experienced in their profession). This assessment provides information on ways to close the gap which exists between male private service providers and female providers as well as recommends ways in which the existing gaps can be addressed. The assessment also provides the basis for further developing a strong public- private dialogue in health while providing avenues for building capacities for women to fully contribute to the development of the private health sector through the development of training module to be administered in private training schools as a pilot in Burkina Faso and Mali.

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