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Sen, Gita; George, Asha; Ostlin, Piroska. (eds.). 2002. Engendering/Internationa/Health: The Challenge of Equity.

Cambridge, Massachusetts; London: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. xii, 453 p.

This book presents the work of leading researchers on gender equity in international health. Growing economic inequalities reinforce social injustices, stall health gains, and deny good health to many. In particular, deep-seated gender biases in health research and policy institutions combine with a lack of well articulated and accessible evidence tend to down-grade the importance of gender perspectives in health.

The book's central premise is that unless public health changes direction, it cannot effectively address the needs of those who are most marginalised, many of whom are women. Evidence and analysis for both low and high-income countries, provide a gender and health analysis cross-cut by a concern on other markers of social inequity, such as class and race. The book details approaches and agendas that incorporate, but go beyond, commonly acknowledged issues relating to women's health; and it brings gender and equity analysis into the heart of the debates that dominate international health policy.

The book has two main parts. After the opening chapter on 'Engendering health equity: a review of research and policy', the first part on key health areas includes work on 'Communicable diseases: outstanding commitments to gender and poverty', 'Examining work and its effects on health', 'Reproductive health: conceptual mapping and evidence', 'Violence against women: consolidating a public health agenda', 'Mental health: gender bias, social differentials in hip fracture', and 'Health and environment: moving beyond conventional paradigms'.

The second part on research and policy includes texts on 'Social discrimination and health: gender, race and class in the United States', 'Policy environments: macroeconomics, programming and participation', 'Class, gender and health equity: lessons from Liberalising India', 'Measuring up: gender, burden of disease and priority setting', and 'Frameworks for understanding health sector reform'. There is also an extensive list of more than 60 pages of references at the end of the book.

Source: The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts02142.
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Date:Dec 1, 2002
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