In my last article I talked about the gender issues in the Philippine healthcare system. One of the gender issues I kept encountering was the lack of health providers' sensitivity in handling patients' gender needs. This apparent lack of sensitivity stems from various factors - one of which is that not all of them have been trained on Gender Sensitivity and have not been continuously coached on how to handle emerging issues on gender.
All health agencies in the Philippines, implement their Gender and Development (GAD) programs. These initiatives, however, are not standardized and therefore have varying approaches to address health providers' level of awareness, appreciation, and application of concepts to realistic practice.
The Gender Transformation for Health: Participatory Toolkit developed by Jhpiego is such a timely document to aid health providers' knowledge and skills in delivering health services that are sensitive to patients' gender needs.