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

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

Akweongo P, Chatio S.T, Owusu R, Salari P, Tediosi F, Aikins M. How does it affect service delivery under the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana? Health providers and insurance managers perspective on submission and reimbursement of claims. PLoS One. 2021;16(3):e0247397. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247397

Aliee M et al. Predicting the impact of COVID-19 interruptions on transmission of gambiense human African trypanosomiasis in two health zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1093/trstmh/trab019

Arnsk├Âtter W, Marcar V.L, Wolf M, Hund-Georgiadis M, Hediger K. Animal presence modulates frontal brain activity of patients in a minimally conscious state: a pilot study. Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2021.1886119

Arowosegbe O.O et al. Comparing methods to impute missing daily ground-level PM10 concentrations between 2010-2017 in South Africa. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(7):3374. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18073374