Gender and Polio

Intersecting with other determinants of health, including age, socioeconomic status and education, gender influences health-seeking behaviours and health outcomes. Gender-related barriers operate at multiple levels, from the individual and the household to the community, hindering access to immunization services.

Health interventions cannot effectively meet the needs of all unless informed by sex-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive analysis and action. An integral part of reaching every last child with vaccines is also the increased participation of women in immunization activities.

The GPEI monitors its interventions through a gender lens and conducts regular gender analysis to identify and address gender-related barriers in its immunization and disease surveillance activities.

Women have just visited a house to vaccinate children against polio in Sokoto State, Nigeria. © WHO / J. Swan
Women have just visited a house to vaccinate children against polio in Sokoto State, Nigeria. © WHO / J. Swan
A father waits to have his baby vaccinated against polio in Kandahar, Afghanistan. © WHO / Jawad Jalali
A father waits to have his baby vaccinated against polio in Kandahar, Afghanistan. © WHO / Jawad Jalali

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