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Increasing access to health care services in Afghanistan with gender-sensitive health service deliveryCover

The availability of health care services does not guarantee that they will be optimally used by patients. Untimely use of health services and inadequate health-seeking behaviour contribute to negative health outcomes for men and women. In part due to social norms, health-seeking patterns are often different for men and women. Awareness of gender-influenced health-seeking patterns is a key component of gender-responsive health service delivery and essential to enhance timely and appropriate use of health services by both women and men. This policy brief describes some key outcomes of a gender assessment of men’s and women’s use of basic health services in seven provinces. It triangulates them with global research to identify key priorities and policy options for decreasing gender-related access barriers to health care services in Afghanistan. 

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The total number of publications produced by the Regional Office in 2013 was 78.

Arabic (23)

English (38)

French (17)

The total number of journals that have been indexed in the Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region is 572.