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Humanity & Inclusion – Rehabilitation through a Gender Lens

Humanity & Inclusion, as a partner in the ReLAB-HS Consortium, is pleased to share the advocacy factsheet “Rehabilitation Through a Gender Lens”.

2.4 billion people are in need of rehabilitation services worldwide. Changing demographics, the increase in non-communicable diseases, injuries and traumas, as well as COVID-19 risk an escalation in numbers of people affected.

Gender shapes access, use, adherence and outcomes of rehabilitation services. Available evidence describes lower participation rates, worse rehabilitation outcomes, and a disproportionate burden of caregiving among women and girls compared to men and boys. From what very limited data is available, gender minorities’ experience of accessing health shows frequent exposure to stigma and discrimination, and for some a reluctance to participate in certain health services.

Gendered barriers exist across the key dimensions of rehabilitation services (availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability) and include lower socioeconomic standing, lack of insurance, safety concerns, social norms, family obligations, gender bias affecting assessment and referrals, shortage of women personnel in rehabilitation, and services or equipment that not adapted to diverse needs and requirements.

Building on a scoping review conducted by the ReLAB-HS consortium, which yielded 65 research articles and editorials, and on the extensive experience of the ReLAB-HS partners, this factsheet contains key facts, good practices, a list of actionable recommendations for health-decision makers.

Download the factsheet