Gender & Social Inclusion

A woman and child receive treatment during an MDA in Indonesia

Women and men are impacted differently by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and they can face disparate barriers that hinder their use of health services. Vulnerable groups -- including women, people with disabilities, ethnic or religious minorities, and transient populations -- face challenges in accessing health care.

USAID’s Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East program recognizes that NTD control and elimination goals will only be met if all people, and particularly the most vulnerable, are reached by NTD-fighting efforts. We are therefore committed to integrating strategies for Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) into our programming. We use context-specific sensitization and learning techniques to help countries develop their own concrete ways to incorporate GESI into NTD activities. We also apply an innovative and results-oriented approach called iDARE that was developed and is led by our sub-partner WI-HER, LLC (Women Influencing Health and Rule of Law) to help countries ensure NTD-fighting efforts are gender-sensitive, socially-inclusive, and achieve improved results for all people.

Act| East is also committed to integrating GESI into monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts. For example, we promote collection of gender-disaggregated data and use gender-sensitive approaches to measure gender equity and social inclusion in NTD programming. This information is then used for decision making and program adaptation, with successful approaches scaled up and institutionalized.