Gender issues must not be an afterthought in global health research

21 Jun 2021

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Let's address the knowledge gap in malaria in pregnancy and people of reproductive potential.

For the second time, the World Health Assembly took place in the midst of an ongoing pandemic that is widening health inequities across and within regions. More than a year after the first wave of the pandemic, health systems in many parts of the world continue to battle waves of infection amid shortages of oxygen, vaccines, and health care workers. Yet among the numerous challenges posed by the pandemic, there were positive signals that with coordinated and focused action, health innovation in record pace is possible, particularly if that action can be built on a firm foundation of existing research and development (R&D). Our next challenge—as we continue the battle against COVID-19 and other health threats—is to channel similar coordinated, focused action to ensure the benefits of innovation are distributed equally across both geography and gender. 

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