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Invest in the Future: Strengthen Malaria Programs with Gender Data

by on April 25, 2015
Young girls in Senegal lie in bed under a mosquito net.

© 2012 Diana Mrazikova/ Networks, Courtesy of Photoshare

Mosquitoes don’t discriminate when they bite. Anyone in a malaria-endemic locale – men, women and children – is fair game for the mosquito. But evidence paints a different picture on how vulnerable they may be to contracting malaria. Many people know that children and pregnant women in areas with high levels of malaria are biologically more susceptible to infection. Fewer know that gender differences also affect who gets infected and who gets malaria prevention.

Gender is what it means to be male or female in a given society and time. Being a man or a woman comes with different responsibilities, expectations, and economic and decision-making power within families and communities. These gender norms affect access to all types of health care, risk of HIV infection, family planning use, maternal and child health, and malaria.

On April 25, World Malaria Day, MEASURE Evaluation encourages all public health workers and decision makers to consider the impact of gender on treating one of the world’s worst killers and to make the commitment to increase and improve gender-related data collection to assist in strategy and planning for effective malaria prevention and response. MEASURE Evaluation, funded by USAID, is playing a key role at the global level to develop policy and guidelines and at the country level to strengthen data systems that allow us to measure progress and detect gaps in access to malaria prevention between male and female.

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