Addressing the Role of Gender in the Demand for RMNCH Commodities: A Programming Guide

This guide is a resource for increasing demand for the 13 reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) commodities identified as underutilized by the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities (UNCoLSC) for Women’s and Children’s Health. This guide provides information and practical tools to help program managers determine how gender norms and roles may limit demand for these commodities, and how to address these norms and
roles to ultimately increase the demand for and utilization of these commodities.

This guide is intended for program managers, planners and other professionals involved in the design, implementation or evaluation of demand generation programs that work to improve the demand for and utilization of RMNCH commodities and services.

The guide provides an overall introduction to the 13 commodities is provided, followed by relevant gender and demand generation concepts and their definitions, two key frameworks used to guide RMNCH program design and analysis. Later, there is a guide to integrating gender into different programmatic steps, including checklists that can be used as analytical tools in the program design and implementation process. And lastly, additional resources that further explore issues and concepts covered in this guide are listed.

Last modified: July 23, 2021

Language: English