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Training of the Health Service Providers on Gender Mainstreaming, Madhya Pradesh
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Subject Area="Human Resources." Objective="To enhance capacity of health service providers at all levels; to deliver gender sensitive and quality services."
Details for Reform Option "Training of the Health Service Providers on Gender Mainstreaming, Madhya Pradesh"
Summary

Background: Improving quality of health services as per the clients and community needs is one of the concurrent health service delivery strategies. But simply ensuring quality of health services may not help in addressing gender issues. It needs to be understood that the lack of it can affect women and men differently (for example; even partial absence of privacy and confidentiality may affects the treatment seeking behaviour of men and women differently) and is more likely to reduce women’s perceived access to services. Capacity building of health care providers on providing gender sensitive services has been identified as an activity under output five as well as six in the Integrated Population Development (IPD) projects operation plan. Therefore, comprehensive training was conducted for the medical officers and the paramedical staff in the five IPD districts in Madhya Pradesh by the Directorate of Health Services, Government of Madhya Pradesh in support with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Gender sensitive aspect has been integrated in all the ongoing skill development training (eleven days training programme under the RCH I) in which gender was made as a cross cutting component. Main Components: (i) Gender Dynamics (ii) Power Inequalities (iii) Gender Issues in Health Service Provisions (iv) Recognising Gender as a Health Issue (v) Gender Based Violence as a Public Health Issue (vi) Role, Responsibilities and Actions of a Gender Sensitive Service Provider Results: The actual training of the medical and paramedical staff was carried out in the districts and a total number of 1765 health service providers were trained out; of which 1211 were trained in the year 2004 and the balance 626 were trained in the year 2005. The total planned number of health service providers to be trained was 2350.

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Place Five IPD districts: Rewa, Satna and Sidhi of Rewa division, Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Sagar division.
Time Frame One year.
Advantages

Quality Improvement: orientation of the health professionals to gender issues and developing appropriate attitudes and skills among them will improve the health services delivery.

Challanges

Prejudices: the prevalent prejudices against women already rooted in the society are resisting factors to come over

Prerequisites

Baseline data need assessment, supportive environment, development of training curriculum and its pre-testing, trained staff, infrastructure to be used as a place where transferring knowledge, skills and attitudes can occur. Budget allocation as per project area.

Who needs to be consulted

Health professionals and workers, female patients, key informants in the community, development officials, state health department

Risks

Sustainability

Good, capacity building and good training curriculum and methods adopted will support sustainability.

Chances of Replication

Chances of replication are good.

Comments

It will facilitate orientation and delivery of health services in a sensible, sensitive and client friendly manner.A step towards quality improvement and human resource development.

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Submitted By

Dr. Anil Bhola, Research Consultant, National Institute of Medical Statistics, New Delhi November, 2006

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