Project profile — Integrating Gender Considerations into World Health Organization Policies and Programs


WHO - World Health Organization (41143)
2013-06-20 - 2014-05-01
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (25.00%)
• America, regional (25.00%)
• Asia, regional (25.00%)
• Europe, regional (25.00%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The goal of this project is to help improve the health of women and men in developing countries by helping to make health services equally available and effective for both men and women. It supports the Gender, Equity and Human Rights Unit within the World Health Organization (WHO). The mandate of this unit is to reinforce the ability of WHO to address issues relating to gender differences in its programs. This project supports the WHO in developing the knowledge and skills its staff requires to make gender, equity and human rights considerations an integral part of all WHO policies and programs. The project helps to ensure that these cross-cutting priorities are effectively addressed at the national and regional levels.

Expected results 

The expected results for this project include: improved capacity of the World Health Organization (WHO), its regional offices, and its member states to develop national health plans that integrate cross-cutting priorities; increased awareness across WHO of gender issues, equity, and human rights; and improved platform of sex disagregated data.

Results achieved 

The project reinforced the capacity of the World Health Organization to improve the integration of gender in its programming through a multi-pronged approach that included: supporting a strong central capacity to mainstream cross-cutting priorities of gender, equity and rights and ensure effective implementation through all levels of the organization; ensuring a high profile for gender at the governing bodies meetings; and establishing a small constituency of like-minded donors to track progress and build support for this issue.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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