LHSS Project Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy

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Strong health systems are key to expanding coverage of health services, ensuring equity in their access, and increasing responsiveness to the needs of populations, including women, youth, the disabled, and other vulnerable and marginalized groups. Equitable access to health services is also key to achieving universal health coverage (UHC).

However, unless explicit attention is paid to gender and the other drivers of inequalities, health system strengthening efforts to help achieve UHC may fail to improve equity – and could even exacerbate gender inequity in some populations.

This strategy document lays out how the LHSS Project will support country partners in moving towards greater gender sensitivity, responsiveness, and ultimately transformation in their health systems.


See the LHSS Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Statement of Commitment.


(Photo Credit: Karen Cavanaugh GH/HS)