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Gender equity in health sector reform.

The various health sector reforms undertaken throughout our region in the past several years have included a theoretical commitment to guaranteeing universal access to high-quality health care for all people. In several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, these processes are well underway. Already there are countless studies analyzing the implementation of the health sector reforms and other initiatives to monitor their impact.

For example, through the project "Gender, Equity and Health Sector Reform in Chile," the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has provided technical and financial support for the establishment of an Observatory on Gender Equity in Health, which recently was left to the participating civil society organizations. The Observatory offers tools for monitoring and evaluating the impact of these public health policies and for strengthening civil society organizations to undertake advocacy for equity in health, especially with regard to gender. For more information, visit the Observatory's website,

In addition, since 1998 the Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network has offered the International Courses on Gender Perspectives in Health as part of the Itinerant University project in the region. Through the overarching focus of "Gender, Globalization and Health Sector Reform," the Itinerant University applies a gender perspective to the process of health sector reform in the context of globalization and the neoliberal model, which have led to a paradigm shift from health as a right to health as a commodity with a clear impact on the health of women. For more information, visit LACWHN's website,

As a contribution to these processes of reflection and monitoring, we offer the following article comparing reform experiences in the region. The author, Argentinean expert Debora Tajer, presented this material in the context of LACWHN's first English-language Itinerant University in Suriname, December 2005.
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Title Annotation:PANORAMA
Publication:Women's Health Journal
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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