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23 Mar 2021
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The Gender Gap in Digital Health: An Infographic Series

United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (U...+1 more
United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Covid-19, Essential Health Services and Gender Equity
Part of an infographic series
  • COVID-19 has accelerated the use of digital technologies for immediate outbreak responses and impact mitigation measures
  • Relying on digital technologies to mitigate the indirect health effects of the pandemic response can exacerbate existing gender inequities
  • Provides recommendations to bridge the gender digital gap

This infographic is part of a series of four infographics focusing on the intersection of gender and Covid-19 and covering the following topics:

  1. The Gender Gap in Digital Health
  2. GBV Response Services
  3. Sexual & Reproductive Health Services
  4. Financial Protection Services
About the infographic series
What you'll find
With a focus on countries in the Global South, this infographic illustrates how the digital gender gap is exacerbating gender inequities in access to essential health services and best practices on how some countries are addressing it.
How do we bridge the digital gender divide?
We must address the structural factors that cause it such as affordability, literacy digital skills and safety/security concerns; utilise design interventions that remove cultural and practical barriers and make technology useful for women; and involve women in the design, development, roll out and management of digital health products and services.
A woman in a bright pink dress and cap looks at her phone, in South Africa
Key Takeaways
1
Remove financial barriers to accessing public health information via digital services
Remove financial barriers to accessing public health information via digital services
In resource-limited settings, some countries have lowered the costs for devices and data and lifted data caps as part of their COVID response.
2
Make non-digital solutions available for contact tracing
Make non-digital solutions available for contact tracing
When contact tracing apps are mandatory, access, privacy and mobility issues arise.
3
Provide accessible telemedicine services
Provide accessible telemedicine services
Telemedicine reduces gendered barriers related to travel restrictions, treatment expenses, and apprehension regarding sexual and reproductive health consultations.
4
Consider risks and barriers for women accessing digital services
Consider risks and barriers for women accessing digital services
Survivors' limited or monitored access to technology-enabled support networks must be considered.

300 million fewer women than men use mobile Internet, with the gender gap being widest in South Asia (51%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (37%) although it has been closing in recent years.

A man sits in a market stall in Nepal wearing a mask.

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