Women and Trachoma: Achieving Gender Equity in the Implementation of SAFE (2023 edition)
Published by The Carter Center, International Trachoma Initiative and Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology
The second edition of the Women and Trachoma: Achieving Gender Equity in the Implementation of SAFE manual provides an updated resource for realistically increasing, improving, and supporting gender representation within trachoma elimination efforts at all levels. From the trachoma workforce to the patients, from trichiasis surgeons to schoolteachers, and from national to international managers and coordinators, the manual breaks down the various levels of trachoma elimination programming to highlight the areas where women and girls can have a greater impact in elimination efforts. As women and girls are increasingly present in the technical and leadership space, strategies for gender considerations in implementation are outlined and can be modified and applied to enhance elimination interventions across different contexts.
Leaning on a trove of recent case studies, lessons learned, and first-hand experience from global trachoma experts, this second edition highlights preferred practices that can be tailored to country-specific contexts within each component of the SAFE strategy to ensure a more balanced gender representation, notably when used in conjunction with established SAFE programming guidelines. An additional chapter focused on gender-sensitive human resources for trachoma elimination is included, while new research published since the first edition provides updated information on trachoma, the workforce, and elimination progress from a gender representation perspective. Each chapter of the manual also includes additional updated resources for further reading.