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.

Umer A et al. Antenatal care and skilled delivery service utilization in Somali pastoral communities of eastern Ethiopia. Trop Med Int Health. 2020;25(3):328-337. DOI: 10.1111/tmi.13346

Allabadi H et al. Depression and anxiety symptoms in cardiac patients: a cross-sectional hospital-based study in a Palestinian population. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:232. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6561-3

Allabadi H et al. Mediators of gender effects on depression among cardiovascular disease patients in Palestine. BMC Psychiatry. 2019;19:284. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-019-2267-4

Hansen S et al. Gender differences in the association between life history of body silhouettes and asthma incidence: results from the SAPALDIA cohort study. Respir Med X. 2019;1:100001. DOI: 10.1016/j.yrmex.2019.100001

Mhalu G et al. Pathways and associated costs of care in patients with confirmed and presumptive tuberculosis in Tanzania: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2019;9(4):e025079. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025079