Group | Gender and Health

The Gender and Health research group aims to investigate how gender shapes health, health behaviour, health care and access to health care. Current activities include studying the impact of varying gynaecological working approaches on patient outcomes, and monitoring key indicators of UNICEF’s baby-friendly hospital initiative in Switzerland, vaccine acceptance, and gender-specific smoking cessation interventions.

We investigate the role of early life factors, reproductive history and hormonal factors in respiratory and cardiovascular health within the SAPALDIA and the SAPALDIA-Offspring Study. Socio-economic and cultural drivers and barriers to HIV/Aids-related services and gendered social and intra-family dynamics affecting HIV-related decision-making are being studied in Zambia. The unit also offers research services for gender analyses for a broad range of health outcomes.

Purtschert L.A et al. Breastfeeding following in vitro fertilisation in Switzerland - does mode of conception affect breastfeeding behaviour?. Acta Paediatr. 2020(in press). DOI: 10.1111/apa.15553

Späth A, Schneider C, Zemp Stutz E, Quinto C, Probst-Hensch N. Aktion HerzCheck® in Apotheken: im Rahmen des Projektes Frau&Herz Tabakprävention 2014-2017: Evaluation HerzCheck® in Apotheken, Basiserhebung 2017. Basel: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, 2018

Späth A, Zemp Stutz E, Quinto C, Probst-Hensch N. Aktion HerzCheck® in Apotheken: im Rahmen des Projektes Frau&Herz Tabakprävention 2014-2017: Evaluation HerzCheck® in Apotheken, Telefonische Nachbefragung 2018. Basel: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, 2018

Späth A, Zemp Stutz E, Quinto C, Probst-Hensch N. Schlussbericht zur Aktion HerzCheck® in Apotheken: im Rahmen des Projektes Frau&Herz Tabakprävention 2014-2017. Basel: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, 2018

Späth A, Zemp E, Merten S, Dratva J. Baby-friendly hospital designation has a sustained impact on continued breastfeeding. Matern Child Nutr. 2018;14(1):e12497. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12497