Register now! Webinar on gender and health systems financing, 1 July 2015

“There are many different mechanisms for generating health care revenue, each with implications for access and availability of care. However, as our review of the literature indicates, analyses of health care financing methods surprisingly pays little attention to how these financing reforms impact on the differential health needs of women and men.” Percival et al 2014

Kate Hawkins

14 May 2015


The push to include universal health coverage in the emerging Sustainable Development Goals has created renewed interest in how health systems are financed and how these allocations are distributed. Donors, activists, policy makers and academics are all concerned with ensuring that service users do not suffer financial hardship when accessing health care. But where is a gender analysis in all of this?

We know that health financing and reforms have gender implications, for example, in the budgets available for gender audits, the extent of financial protection for different groups, the availability of certain services, and the out-of-pocket expenditures of different groups. This webinar seeks to share information on the available evidence and highlight some of the information gaps. We hope it will stimulate a wider conversation among health sector stakeholders who are concerned with social justice. Please join our exciting panel to learn more and to have your say!


Rob Yates (Senior Fellow at Chatham House) will open the webinar with an overview of health financing and Universal Health Coverage.

Sophie Witter (Professor of International Health Financing and Health Systems at the Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, working in the ReBUILD consortium) will set out some of the gendered questions related to health financing and the gaps in the health literature.

Veloshnee Govender (Researcher/lecturer at the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town) will dig deeper into the literature to explore the gender and health implications of health financing reforms.

TK Sundari Ravindran (Professor at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India) will provide lessons on health sector reforms and gender from India, and give some lessons for Universal Health Coverage.

Sarah Ssali (Senior Lecturer, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda) will act as a discussant, commenting on the points made by the panellists, while drawing on her own experiences in relation to gender and health system financing.

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