Group | Gender and Inequities

Gender health analysis points to the fact that the experience of health and illness in society is to some extent different and often more hidden for women than for men. Gender inequalities determine the development and prevalence of respiratory diseases such as asthma, cardiovascular risk factors or access to health services. Experts at Swiss TPH focus on how gender influences health outcomes and inequalities in health care. They consider gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health and address gender-specific factors in epidemiological models for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Sonja Merten

Sonja Merten


Bapolisi W.A, Bisimwa G, Merten S. Barriers to family planning use in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: an application of the theory of planned behaviour using a longitudinal survey. BMJ Open. 2023;13(2):e061564. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061564

Schwarz J, Merten S. 'The body is difficult': reproductive navigation through sociality and corporeality in rural Burundi. Cult Health Sex. 2023;25(1):78-93. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2021.2020904

Schwind B et al. "But at home, with the midwife, you are a person": experiences and impact of a new early postpartum home-based midwifery care model in the view of women in vulnerable family situations. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023;23:375. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-09352-4

Shrikhande S.S et al. "Climate change and health?": Knowledge and perceptions among key stakeholders in Puducherry, India. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20(6):4703. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20064703

W├╝thrich-Grossenbacher U et al. A validation of the religious and spiritual struggles scale among young people living with HIV in Zimbabwe: mokken scale analysis and exploratory factor analysis. Front Psychol. 2023;14:1051455. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1051455