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

Dr. Sonja Merten, MD, PhD, MPH

AbouZahr C et al. How can we accelerate progress on civil registration and vital statistics?. Bull World Health Organ. 2018;96(4):226-226A. DOI: 10.2471/BLT.18.211086

Accordini S et al. A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma. Int J Epidemiol. 2018;47(4):1106-1117. (ALEC). DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyy031

Ali A.M et al. Population pharmacokinetics of the antimalarial amodiaquine: a pooled analysis to optimize dosing. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018;62(10):e02193-17. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.02193-17

Ali F.N. Systematic review of tuberculosis control in Ethiopia with special emphasis on pastoralists: adaptation of DOTS for mobile pastoralists. Basel: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, 2018. MIH

Aljeesh Y.I, Alkhaldi M. Institutionalising community health programmes into the Palestinian health-care system: a qualitative study. Lancet, 2018;391:S36. DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(18)30361-1