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.

Sonja Merten

Sonja Merten, MD, PD, PhD, MPH

Abdikadir M.I. Public health and economic importance of livestock diseases with the emphasis on zoonoses including brucellosis, Q-fever and Rift Valley Fever in Somali region, Ethiopia. Basel: Univ. Basel, 2021. PhD Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science

AbouZahr C et al. The COVID-19 pandemic: Effects on civil registration of births and deaths and on availability and utility of vital events data. Am J Public Health. 2021;111(6):1123-1131. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306203

Addo S.O et al. Trends in extrapulmonary TB cases at three teaching hospitals in Ghana, 2008-2017. Public Health Action. 2021;11(1):26-32. DOI: 10.5588/pha.20.0061

Aebi N.J et al. A qualitative study to investigate Swiss hospital personnel's perceived importance of and experiences with patient's mental-somatic multimorbidities. BMC Psychiatry. 2021;21:349. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-021-03353-5

Agboli E, Zahouli J.B.Z, Badolo A, Jost H. Mosquito-associated viruses and their related mosquitoes in West Africa. Viruses. 2021;13(5):891. DOI: 10.3390/v13050891