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.

Crivelli M, Wyss K, Grize L, Matthys B, Aebi T, Zemp E. Are overweight and obesity in children risk factors for anemia in early childhood? Results from a national nutrition survey in Tajikistan. Int J Public Health. 2018;63(4):491-499. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-018-1088-4

Dratva J et al. Is there a gender-specific association between asthma and carotid intima media thickness in Swiss adolescents?. Eur J Pediatr. 2018;177(5):699-707. DOI: 10.1007/s00431-018-3107-0

Giezendanner S et al. Reasons for and frequency of end-of-life hospital admissions: GPs perspective on reducing end-of-life hospital referrals. J Palliat Med. 2018;21(8):1122-1130. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0489

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

Späth A. Monitoring der Baby Freundlichen Spitäler in zertifizierten Geburtskliniken (Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative): Bericht 2017: eine Analyse im Auftrag der UNICEF Schweiz. Basel: Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, 2018