Gender and urban health in Nepal

We are supporting HERDi, Nepal to understand gender and intersectionality issues in relation to their urban health project.  Their work to-date has highlighted the challenges facing the predominantly female health workforce (limited opportunities for training and career development, poor supervision and monitoring) and the limitations of innovations (such as in m-health) to reach these often-forgotten health workers and to provide the data required to understand and respond to health problems facing sections of the community (e.g. slum-dwellers). The additional funding will allow HERDi to collect primary data on the gender and intersectional aspects of a supportive supervision model for health professionals in urban health centres in Nepal. The project will also develop and assess a process and guide for use with community committees linked to the urban health centres. This will facilitate committee members to identify individuals and groups within their communities who may face barriers to accessing quality care at the urban health centres and then suggest and try out ways to overcome these barriers.