7. Information Center - The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in
Kazakhstan has launched a one-year project to study and provide recommendations
to improve gender equality in the healthcare system during the COVID-19
pandemic, The Astana Times reports referring to the WHO country office.
will run a cross-sectional survey as part of the project to study the degree of
and insights into gender biases and inequalities within the healthcare system. The
project will examine frontline medical workers at points of entry, triage
units, ambulances, primary health care facilities, perinatal centers,
infectious disease, general hospitals, intensive care units, long-term care
facilities, and laboratories.
will focus on studying female frontlines workers and the inclusion of women at
all levels of decision-making in the Kazakh healthcare system. The Dutch
Foreign Ministry funded the project to supportKazakhstanin empowering the country’s women.
“It is our
hope that this project will help to rebalance the gender dimension of the
health services and the overall response to the pandemic,” said Andre
Carstens, Dutch Ambassador toKazakhstan.
medical workers compose the majority of frontline workers battling against the
COVID-19. Their day-to-day challenges include high levels of exposure to the
virus, long working hours, psychological stress, fatigue, occupational burnout,
stereotypes, among others.
emergency tends to replicate and exacerbate some of pre-existing bias of health
and other systems, with gender inequality being the bias that exists across as
well as within all health occupations in many countries,” said Caroline
Clarinval, the WHO Representative inKazakhstan.
will develop recommendations after consulting with the United Nations (UN)
agencies such as the UN Women and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The
organization will share the survey results and recommendations with the Kazakh
government and key stakeholders to help promote total gender parity in the
country’s health care system.