Unit | Society, Gender and Health

Social, cultural and gender-related issues are central to effective disease control and achieving public health aims. The unit conducts research on gender and health, medical anthropology and cultural epidemiology, among others. These topics represent key aspects of the health social sciences and acknowledge the importance of gender as a critical determinant of health.

Gender and Health

Current gender and health research focuses on how gender shapes health status and accesa to health care. We conceputalise gender as a socio-cultural health determinant and examine, for example, cultural drivers and barriers affecting access to services for patients with HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, we address sex/gender-related factors in epidemiological models of non-communicable diseases.

Medical Anthropology

The medical anthropology research emphasises an actor approach to studying health and illness. We have developed vulnerability and resilience models, including a multi-layered framework to guide research, and we build capacity to increase social health protection and access to services in adverse urban and rural African settings.

Vischer N, Pfeiffer C, Limacher M, Burri C. "You can save time if..."-a qualitative study on internal factors slowing down clinical trials in Sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS One. 2017;12(3):e0173796. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173796

Späth A, Zemp E, Merten S, Dratva J. Baby-friendly hospital designation has a sustained impact on continued breastfeeding. Matern Child Nutr. 2017(in press). DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12497

Origlia Ikhilor P, Hasenberg G, Kurth E, Stocker Kalberer B, Cignacco E, Pehlke-Milde J. Barrier-free communication in maternity care of allophone migrants: BRIDGE Study Protocol. J Adv Nurs. 2017(in press). DOI: 10.1111/jan.13441

Haller T, Merten S. Crafting our own rules: constitutionality as a bottom-up approach for the development of by-laws in Zambia. Hum Ecol. 2017(in press). DOI: 10.1007/s10745-017-9917-2

Zemp E, Signorell A, Kurth E, Reich O. Does coordinated postpartum care influence costs?. Int J Integr Care. 2017;17(1):7. DOI: 10.5334/ijic.2487