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Integrating Gender in Medical Education

Dear Reader,
I am delighted to introduce the first edition of the Integrating Gender in Medical Education (GME) newsletter. We intend to make it a regular publication and to use it to keep you in touch with news and developments which relate to Gender issues in Health & Healthcare.

A project of CEHAT
Gender bias pervades many aspects of medicine in India: clinical practice, research, health program delivery, and medical education. At a macro level, health programs lack a gender perspective. GME project is aimed at the training of medical educators in state medical colleges in Maharashtra to incorporate a gender perspective in their teaching with a focus on issues of gender-based violence and discrimination through a ‘Training of Trainers' [TOT] program. A total of seven medical colleges, six Government colleges, one from each region and one private medical college in Maharashtra have been selected for the project in consultation with the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). This will focus on building capacities of medical faculty on gender perspectives and women's health issues.

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Gender Sensitivity in Medicine


From Women’s Health to Gender Medicine
This report highlights that women still do not receive optimal care even after all the efforts over the years to address this long-established fact. Traditionally, women’s health has been seen as comprising illnesses linked to the reproductive organs. But there are many other diseases which affect women far more than men. Find out more →


Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women’s Health Can’t Wait
Medical research is too often flawed by its failure to examine sex differences. It is now clear that men and women experience illness differently and this report looks closely at four diseases where this is especially true: cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Find out more →


Gender and Healthcare


Stroke: Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women
This statement summarizes data on stroke risk factors that are unique to and more common in women than men and to expand on the data provided in prior stroke guidelines and cardiovascular prevention guidelines for women. Find out more →


Gender Difference in Care of Type 2 Diabetes
This study assesses the gender difference in care of type 2 diabetes. Therefore there is a need to design gender specific behavior change communication strategies for better management of type 2 diabetes. Find out more →


Women’s Reproductive Healthcare


Need for Gender Sensitive Approaches for Improving Women’s Reproductive Healthcare Services
In India, gender inequality, limited access to healthcare facilities and economic resources are greatly facilitating the spread of reproductive tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases for populations living under impoverished conditions. This report analyses the need of a gender sensitive approach for improving women’s reproductive healthcare services. Find out more →


Diabetes in Pregnancy: Protecting Maternal Health
diabetes uniquely affects women through its impact during pregnancy and the threat it poses to the health of both mother and child. In India alone, an estimated 4 million women have Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). These numbers are likely to increase as levels of maternal obesity continue to rise. Find out more →


Transgender Healthcare


Transforming Identity: Access to Gender Transition Services for Male-to-Female Transgender People in India
This issue brief summarises the current situation for male-to-female (MtF) transgender people in India with respect to their access to and use of health services related to gender identity – in particular, sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and cross-sex hormonal therapy. Find out more →


The State of Transgender Health Care: Policy, Law, and Medical Frameworks
This report suggests a preliminary outline to enhance health care services and recommend the formulation of explicit policies regarding the provision of health care services to transgender people in accordance with recently issued medical care guidelines, education of health care workers, and implementation of existing nondiscrimination policies. Find out more →


Sexual Assault


Dignity on Trial: India’s Need for Sound Standards for Conducting and Interpreting Forensic Examinations of Rape Survivors
For decades, survivors of sexual violence in India have endured criminal justice and healthcare systems that pay scant attention to their needs and rights. But in December 2009, the Indian government initiated a process to review and change the laws governing sexual violence. Find out more →


Hospital Guidelines for the Treatment of Persons Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted
These guidelines outline the roles and responsibilities of hospital management staff, health care professionals, provide detail on options available regarding prompt physical and emotional care, treatment and collection and release of information and/or evidence to the police. Find out more →


Domestic Violence


Women and Domestic Violence: Programs and Tools That Improve Care for Victims
When victims seek medical care, clinicians often do not screen for and identify domestic violence. This report describes training programs and tools that health care providers, social workers, and facilities and their staff can use to provide better care for victims of domestic violence. Find out more →


Medical Treatment of Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and Its Applicability to Victims of Human Trafficking
This issue brief examines the procedures and protocols that currently exist for assessing and treating victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in healthcare settings in an effort to evaluate their applicability to victims of human trafficking. Find out more →


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