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

Baum E et al. "I could not bear it": perceptions of chronic pain among Somali pastoralists in Ethiopia. A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2023;18(11):e0293137. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0293137

Baum E et al. "It is difficult for us to treat their pain". Health professionals' perceptions of Somali pastoralists in the context of pain management: a conceptual model. Med Humanit. 2023(in press). DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2022-012570

Bytyçi-Katanolli A et al. Effectiveness of behavioural change interventions on physical activity, diet and body mass index of public primary healthcare users in Kosovo: the KOSCO cohort. BMJ Open. 2023;13(10):e071100. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-071100

Ikuteyijo O.O, Kaiser-Grolimund A, Fetters M.D, Akinyemi A.I, Merten S. Health providers' response to female adolescent survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and demand side barriers in the utilization of support services in urban low-income communities of Nigeria. Healthcare (Basel). 2023;11(19):2627. DOI: 10.3390/healthcare11192627