TDR, the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, is pleased to announce a call for applications to stimulate an intersectional gender approach in infectious disease implementation research.
This call aims to strengthen an intersectional gender lens in implementation research to contribute to the implementation of TDR’s Intersectional Gender Research Strategy.
The overall objective of this work is to conduct implementation research studies to generate evidence that helps to identify enablers and bottlenecks that impact the delivery of health interventions.
This includes: generating evidence on how gender intersects with other social variables impacted by specific contextual and structural factors, influencing access to health systems, health care and treatment; and intersectional gender analysis in research for implementation to generate new evidence and knowledge on the intersections of gender and other social variables that influence the way implementation strategies work.
The activities conducted within the proposals submitted should include a complete research protocol with national ethics granted or with potential to be granted ethics approval in the short term. Any research activities proposed would require national ethics approvals or an indication that have been already submitted to national ethics committees.
Studies proposed may focus on at least two of the following areas:
- Research aimed at identifying bottlenecks that impact the access to interventions and delivery of health services, by generating evidence on how gender intersects with other social variables, influencing access to healthcare and treatment, through implementation research. This research may include case studies on how gender intersects with other social variables in access to health care and treatment of malaria and other infectious diseases of poverty, specifically for population subgroups such as teenage populations, the elderly and young pregnant women
- Conducting intersectional gender analysis in research for implementation to generate new evidence and knowledge on the intersections of gender and other social variables that influence the way implementation strategies work.
- How, why and for whom implementation research strategies work, considering an intersectional gender approach and health systems lens.
- Identifying how evidence-based interventions, tools and services should be modified or adapted to achieve sustained health impacts in real-world settings
- Determining the best way to introduce practical solutions into health systems and facilitating their full-scale implementation, evaluation and modification
- Evidence around what works, what doesn’t work and what opportunities exist at community level to enhance the participation of the elderly, adolescents and pregnant and breastfeeding women in treatment programmes, and increase their access to healthcare.
- Studying the intersection of sex and gender with other social stratifiers to understand marginalization and disadvantage in access to health systems, services and interventions. Research on the intersection of gender and other axes of inequality in delivery and access to prevention and control approaches and products to prevent and control infectious diseases.
- Considering ways in which underlying gender power relations can be challenged and progressively changed during the implementation research process. How to optimize health interventions in structural violence conditions where the most vulnerable people live with a high burden of infectious diseases.
- Proposals will be considered for a total funding envelope of up to US$ 196,000, supporting a maximum of 2 applications.
- The duration for the award will be 12 months with an estimated start date in February 2022.
- This research programme has a selective nature. It seeks to identify unique established research groups or institutions with expertise and a track record in implementation research, health systems, gender, intersectionality and infectious disease research that would benefit from a new influx of funding to advance their research work.
- TDR is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in science. Researchers are encouraged to apply irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious, cultural and social backgrounds, or (dis)ability status.
- When data is included, it should be disaggregated at least by sex and age (and other social stratifiers as appropriate, e.g. education level, income, self-reported gender identity, social status or (dis)ability) wherever possible).
- Plans for ensuring sex and age disaggregated data and gender analysed data should be clearly stated in the research application and considered in early stages of the project design process.
- Grants will be awarded to the beneficiary research institution where the lead researcher/s is/are based.
For more information, visit https://who.force.com/etdr/s/gs-solicitation/a0p3X00000fnMWNQA2/ca210010