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Gender Matters: Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policymaking

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Gender and pandemic preparedness are intricately connected. Gender is a fundamental factor that shapes health systems and their capacity to face pandemics.

The waiting area of the Gurei Primary Healthcare Centre in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: Adriana Parejo Pagador.

Gender also shapes people’s vulnerability to health risks and the way they are treated within health systems. Health policies that are gender transformative have the potential to ensure health systems reach those most left behind, even in times of pandemics.

This is Cordaid’s analysis of the Dutch Global Health Strategy (DGHS).