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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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GOMEZ GOMEZ, Elsa. Gender equity in health sector reform policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2002, vol.11, n.5-6, pp. 435-438. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892002000500020.

Gender equity is increasingly being acknowledged as an essential aspect of sustainable development and more specifically, of health development. The Pan American Health Organization's Program for Women, Health, and Development has been piloting for a year now a project known as Equidad de género en las políticas de reforma del sector de salud, whose objective is to promote gender equity in the health sector reform efforts in the Region. The first stage of the project is being conducted in Chile and Peru, along with some activities throughout the Region. The core of the project is the production and use of information as a tool for introducing changes geared toward achieving greater gender equity in health, particularly in connection with male-female disparities that are unnecessary, avoidable, and unfair in health status, access to health care, and participation in decision-making within the health system. We expect that in three years the project will have brought about changes in the production of information and knowledge, advocacy, and information dissemination, as well as in the development, appropriation, and identification of intersectoral mechanisms that will make it possible for key figures in government and civil society to work together in setting and surveying policy on gender equity in health.

Keywords : reforma del sector de la salud; políticas de salud; equidad; género.

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