Number of family planning providers trained on gender equity and sensitivity

A “provider” is any health worker (e.g., physician, nurse, community health extension worker). “Training” can refer to any type of gender equity and sensitivity training event, regardless of its duration or location. It involves a trainee attaining a thorough understanding of the essential knowledge required to perform the job and progressing from either lacking skills or having minimal skills to being proficient.

"Gender equity" is the equally fair treatment of women and men and girls and boys. To ensure fairness, some societies adopt measures to compensate for historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise operating on a "level playing field." Gender-equity strategies eventually attain gender equality. Equity is the means; equality is the result (Interagency Gender Working Group, 2000).

"Gender sensitivity" is the way service providers treat male or female clients in service delivery facilities and thus affects client willingness to seek services, continue to use services, and carry out the health behaviors advocated by the services. In the context of family planning, gender sensitivity also refers to whether a range of male and female methods are offered.

Count of providers trained

This indicator can be disaggregated by sex, type of provider, location, and type of training (pre-service or in-service); If targeting and/or linking to inequity, classify trainees by areas served (poor/not poor) and disaggregate by area served.

Training attendance rosters from project records and public and private facility records of in-service trainings, usually kept by the training division, which are used both for administrative purposes during the training (e.g., distributing per diem) and for monitoring trainees at a later date.

This indicator serves as a crude measure of activity and provider knowledge of gender equity and sensitivity. Evaluators can use it for determining whether a program/project meets its target and/or for tracking progress from one year to the next.

This indicator focuses on gender issues in the client-provider context as a step toward addressing gender bias and promoting a service delivery environment free of gender bias toward female and male clients with the aim of encouraging men to use services for their own health (e.g., voluntary male circumcision, vasectomy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS). 

Because this indicator does not assess improved knowledge and/or skills, it should be used in conjunction with the indicator, “Number/percent of trainees who have mastered relevant knowledge,” as appropriate.

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