Incorporating intersectional gender analysis into research on infectious diseases of poverty: a toolkit for health researchers

Posted 13/06/23
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This toolkit aims to strengthen the capacity of researchers working on infectious diseases of poverty by incorporating an intersectional gender approach. The objectives of this document are to: 1) strengthen the research capacity of disease-affected countries in intersectional gender approaches; 2) understand and address barriers to effective and quality implementation of health interventions oriented to prevent and control infectious diseases; and 3) explore solutions for enhancing equality in access to quality health care.

Topic covered:

Module 1: Understanding gender, sex and intersectionality and why it matters for infectious diseases of poverty. Module 2: Getting to grips with how to approach intersectional gender analysis for research on infectious diseases of poverty. Module 3: Gender considerations within the design and development of research: data disaggregation and gender frameworks. Module 4: Gender considerations within the design and development of research: developing gender analysis questions. Module 5: Research methods to transform inequitable gender norms. Module 6: Gender considerations within the data collection process. Module 7: Analysing research data using an intersectional gender lens. Module 8: Incorporating an intersectional gender lens into implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty. Module 9: Gender considerations within the dissemination and reporting of infectious disease research.


Incorporating intersectional gender analysis into research on infectious diseases of poverty: a toolkit for health researchers. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Languages: English
Target audience: Health researchers

Integration of sex and gender considerations into health research is critical to achieving gender equality and health equity. This resource hub is a curated repository of resources to strengthen researchers’ capacity to consider sex, gender, and their intersections with other axes of inequality and discrimination throughout the research cascade, from conception to design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.


The two WHO-hosted special programmes for research – the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) – have identified an initial set of existing relevant, accessible and comprehensive resources that are immediately available to all researchers. In the longer term, the aim is to continue to expand the inventory by crowdsourcing relevant tools through this portal.


This inventory includes toolkits, guides, research articles, training and audio-visual materials that are readily available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The resources are categorized by type of resource, intended audience, topics covered and creators/developers.

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This resource aims to meet the needs of researcher in all contexts, working in all health topics and using different research methods. If you have a resource that supports consideration of sex and gender variables and considerations in health research and which is not yet included in this repository, you are invited to share it with us by completing the form below. A team from HRP and TDR will assess your submission for inclusion, depending upon it meeting the criteria of the portal and inform you accordingly. Please respond to the following the following questions before submission:

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