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Expert Group Meeting
Women and Health

the Gender Perspective into the Health Sector

French version

Tunis (Tunisia)
28 September to 2 October 1998

Preliminary Programme of Work

Monday, 28 September 1998

9.30 a.m. Opening

Opening Statement by Dr. Olive Shisana, Executive Director, Family and Health Services, World Health Organization

Message from Ms. Angela E.V. King, Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, United Nations

Statement by Her Excellency Ms. Neziha Zarrouk, Minister for Women and Family Affairs, Tunisia

Election of Officers and Adoption of the Programme of Work

Introduction to the Meeting

11.00 a.m. Overview on gender and health

Dr. Mercedes Juarez de Robert (Mexico): Gender-sensitive reform in the health sector

Professor Lesley Doyal (United Kingdom): A draft framework for designing national health policies with an integrated gender perspective

Professor Stephen Matlin (Commonwealth Secretariat): Gender Management Systems in the Health Sector

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.30 p.m. Gender analysis of specific health problems and policy implications

Dr. Suniti Solomon (India) : HIV/AIDS

Ms. Uche Amazigo (Nigeria): Tropical diseases - a focus on Africa

Ms. Mary-Jo Del Vecchio Good (USA): Mental health

Dr. Aruna Dewan (India): Occupational and environmental health

Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla (Egypt): Issues in reproductive health

Ms. Wanda Nowicka (Poland): Women's health in Eastern and Central Europe

4.30 - 5.30 p.m. General debate

Tuesday, 29 September 1998

9.30 a.m. Working groups on policy implications:

- Tuberculosis, malaria and other disease control programmes, including HIV/AIDS

- Mental health

- Environmental health

- Reproductive health

12.15 p.m. Reports from working groups to plenary

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.30 p.m Implications of a gender analysis for the structure and management of health systems

Dr. Nabiha Gueddana (Tunisia):Importants elements and factors in the establishment of a gender specific reproductive health policy

Ms. Mabel Bianco (Argentina): Cost benefit and economic approach related to health care services system

Ms. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou (Botswana): Health care including management of human and financial resources in nursing

Ms. Yut Lin Wong (Malaysia): Integrating the gender perspective in medical and health education and research

4.30 - 5.30 p.m. General debate

Wednesday, 30 September 1998

9.30 a.m. Working groups on implications of a gender analysis for the structure and management of health systems:

- Health sector reform and health care financing

- Access to and use of health services

- Health education and promotion

12.15 p.m. Reports from working groups to plenary

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.30 p.m. The role of various actors in the development and implementation of a gender-sensitive framework for national health policies:

Ms. Charlotte Abaka (Expert, Member of theCommittee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Ghana): Framework for a human rights approach to women's health

Ms. Marianne Haslegrave (United Kingdom): The role and possible contributions of NGOs

Dr. Maria Jose de Oliveira Araújo (Brazil) : The role of local governements

Susanna Rance (Bolivia): The role of parliamentarians

4.30 - 5.30 p.m. Working groups on the draft recommendations on a framework for national health policies; elaboration of recommendations for

(a) international organizations and agencies

(b) national governments

(c) health professional associations

(d) other groups from civil society

Thursday, 1 October 1998

9.30 a.m. Working groups continue

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.30 - 5.30 p.m. Working groups continue,

followed by meeting of the drafting committee

Friday, 2 October 1998

9.30 a.m. Introduction of draft recommendations and report in plenary,

followed by meeting of the drafting committee

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.30 p.m. Adoption of final report and recommendations

4.00 - 5.00 p.m. Closing session

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