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How Gender-Sensitive Are Obstetrics and Gynaecology Textbooks?

Several health needs are a result of gender inequity, and care seeking is affected by constraints emerging from gender, social and economic disparities. Gender sensitive provision of health care, especially obstetric and gynaecological services aimed at reducing gender inequity would allow women to overcome social constraints, even empowering them. This is the perspective informing a critical review of three textbooks in the two disciplines. The review aims to explore whether the textbooks sensitise students to the relationship between gender, social inequity and care-seeking behaviour, areas where reproductive rights are likely to be violated by providers, and the special needs of adolescents and older women.

Curious Decision

Some things never change. In a typically nonchalant move, ignoring past debate, medical and social facts, the health ministry has recently announced plans to introduce Net En, an injectable contraceptive on a trial basis in select medical colleges around the country. This is, no doubt, is a prelude to introducing it in the public health system, a move that the health ministry has long contemplated but has hesitated to make for a variety of reasons, not least of all, the opposition to it by women's and health groups....
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