MSH integrates gender into the design, implementation, and evaluation of all of its projects. MSH differentiates its gender strategies from other organizations by considering gender concerns through a health systems lens and emphasizing health information and services as a right for women and girls. Our gender-sensitive programming includes a vast array of services to improve women’s health at individual, household, and societal levels through strengthening systems, supporting quality care services, and advocating for mainstreaming gender into national policies, strategies, and programs. MSH recognizes the crucial role women play as consumers and providers and actively seeks to promote women’s leadership in the health sector. Therefore, our strategies often include working with and through female practitioners, clinicians, advocates to ensure programs are demand-driven and locally-sustainable, yielding high-quality services that are accessible to the most vulnerable populations. Since our founding in 1971, we have promoted equal access to health care for women, men, girls, and boys, through gender-sensitive projects in over 150 countries worldwide.

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