Developing a conceptual model to address gender in long-term care

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PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Ricardo Rodrigues

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Stefania Ilinca, Veronica Sandu

PROJECT PARTNERS

WHO Europe

BACKGROUND

Improving access to and quality of long-term care has become a key challenge that countries in the WHO European region need to address. The increasing needs and associated challenges to tackle them, are underpinned by a strong gender component. Biological factors play a role in the decline in capacity in old-age. However, gender – understood as the social norms, roles and relationships of and between groups of women and men – has an important influence on how needs for long-term care arise, evolve, are experienced and addressed.

AIMS

The project aimed at developing and applying a gender approach in strengthening the integrated delivery of health and social services for long-term care. It seeked to provide guidance on assessing and implementing policies and integrated services that contribute to equity, eliminate discrimination and challenge gender stereotypes.

METHODS

Desk research of evidence on gender impact and policies in the area of long-term care for older people. Expert interviews with government officials (e.g. public health, social services), stakeholders (e.g. union representatives) and experts.

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

  • Development of conceptual model: the model should account for the different dimensions of gender in assessing and providing policy advice to countries for strengthening the delivery of integrated health and social services for long-term care.
  • Validation of the model: the proposed conceptual model should be validated in one country (Romania) and modified accordingly (first country mission).
  • Final report including conceptual model: Presentation and discussion of preliminary findings that will be organized by WHO in agreement with the national counterparts (second country mission).

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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UN SDG Good Health and Well-Being
UN SDG Gender Equality

FUNDED BY

WHO Europe

PROJECT DURATION

2019/10 – 2020/02