Health costs and the ‘ugly’ gender gap

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Women and children waiting for medical services at Bolemba health centre in the Central African Republic. Copyright: UNICEF/Pierre Holtz, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). This image has been cropped.

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Episode 16

This week, Africa Science Focus is in The Gambia, talking to women about how gender inequality is affecting their health.

Across much of Sub-Saharan Africa, there are at least five times more male doctors than female doctors, while women are often financially dependent on men.

“The access to precious health services depends on men’s decisions,” says Samiratou Ouédraogo, an epidemiology and public health specialist.

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Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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