13 July 2023 | Statements

Global Health 50/50 report ranks Unitaid as a leader in gender equity

Unitaid is proud to announce its impressive performance in Global Health 50/50’s 6th annual Report, titled ‘Workplaces: worse for women’. Since 2020, Unitaid has been recognized as a Very High Performer, scoring very high on Global Health 50/50’s Gender and Health Index. The recognition demonstrates our persistent commitment to gender equality and diversity in the way we work.

Equity is ingrained in our values and principles, guiding every aspect of our work. We prioritize reducing inequities in accessing quality health products and services to achieve sustainable development goals. Our investments target tools, services, and care models that improve health outcomes and address global health priorities, with a strong focus on gender-related access issues, particularly for women and girls.

“Addressing inequity is central to our mission,” said Dr Philippe Duneton, Unitaid’s Executive Director. “We prioritize investments and products that benefit vulnerable populations who face barriers in accessing optimal care. These populations vary across our focus areas, but can include key populations in HIV, pregnant women, people who inject drugs, transgender women, female sex workers, gay men, men and children with gaps in HIV testing and treatment, prisoners at higher risk of acquiring TB, vulnerable children susceptible to serious forms of TB, and pregnant women in malaria-endemic regions.”

In addition to prioritizing vulnerable populations, we secure affordable access to health products through innovative supply models, domestic manufacturing, technology transfer, and the establishment of an enabling environment for access, including intellectual property and regulation.

Unitaid recognizes the importance of collaboration and engagement with organizations and partners closest to the population with the highest need. By fostering inclusive and demand-driven partnerships, we ensure our funding supports context-specific solutions. We expect grant implementers to follow comparable standards, thus enhancing the impact of our collective work.

By increasingly engaging communities and civil society, we can help establish inclusive partnerships and foster an inclusive environment that values varied viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences, thus empowering individuals and communities.

We thank Global Health 50/50 for their insightful research, which inspires us to continue working to make global health fairer and more inclusive. Unitaid remains steadfast in our dedication to equity, gender equality, and promoting access to health innovations for all.

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