K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.
The IGWG Gender and Health Toolkit provides access to an important collection of tools to assist in integrating a gender perspective in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of programs and policies across different areas of health.
This revised version of the toolkit is a product of FHI 360 and USAID. The revision began in 2011 and was completed in 2012. This newly revised totoolkit focuses on the practical manuals and tools that persons working in gender can utilize in their projects and programs. It contains a selection of the best of existing materials. We would like to thank Elizabeth Dogget, Cornelia Lee, Laura Raney, Sidney Schuler, Rose Wilcher, and Brittany Hebert of FHI 360. At USAID, we would like to thank Nonie Hamilton for spearheading the project and Hannah Marqusee.
This newly revised toolkit draws upon the first edition of the toolkit that was a collaborative effort among the USAID Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG), K4Health, and Cultural Practice, LLC. Many organizations and individuals contributed to the design and review of the original toolkit, which was much larger in terms of the scope and size of the collection. The nucleus of the design group included Michal Avni and Nonie Hamilton of USAID; Angela Nash Mercado of K4Health; Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs of PRB; and Deborah Caro and Erin Collier of Cultural Practice, LLC, who were principally responsible for identifying and vetting the resources. This group received expert guidance along the way from a steering committee composed of Katherine Williams and John Townsend from The Population Council; Michele Lanham from FHI 360; Patricia Garcia and Genevieve Grabman from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Maria José Alacalá from UNIFEM; Maura Graff from PRB; Steve Goldstein from K4Health; Mary Kincaid from Futures Group; and independent consultants, Anne Eckman and Margaret Greene. In addition a group of almost 30 gender and health experts from donor agencies, USAID collaborating partners, and independent consultants provided feedback on an almost final version of the toolkit. These were invaluable in making sure that the structure and content of the toolkit meets the needs of a wide cross-section of users.
Most of the resources in this toolkit are practical "how-to" methodologies, tools, and guides designed to facilitate integration of gender issues in health policies and programs. The toolkit was designed principally to make "how-to" resources available in one easily accessible site.
- Policymakers will find research and information to help set national guidelines and plan for future changes in service delivery./li>
- Program managers will find information and job aids to help them design, plan, and manage programs.
- Community health workers will find tools and job aids to help them provide quality services to their clients.
- Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, media, and messages about gender.
- Trainers can review the latest curricula on gender and health.
We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages.
To browse the content of this toolkit, use the navigation on the right to view resources related to key program topics. Each page includes a list of a number of high-quality resources further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource.
Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us. (To make a comment about the toolkit or suggest a resource, use the feedback form.)
We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in this toolkit, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.
If you have comments about the toolkit, please go to the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved.