A Tool to Assess the Gender-Sensitivity of a Health Facility: Pilot Tested in Afghanistan
The tool documents whether policies and guidelines exist to ensure gender equity within the workforce, and whether there is a system for addressing concerns. It highlights the structural characteristics that make the facility appropriate for both men and women to access. It also notes the distribution of health workers by cadre and sex, as male and female clients in Afghanistan are only comfortable being examined by providers of the same sex. This tool was designed to measure the gender-sensitivity of Afghan health facilities. This tool will benefit the country’s healthcare system and enhance the measurement of gender sensitivity in health facilities, and can be applied to other contexts as well.