#PressforProgress: Why investing in women matters

On International Women's Day, SHOPS Plus highlights the empowerment of women by increasing their access to health products and information, and strengthening the business capacity of female private health care providers.

Learn how SHOPS Plus is investing in health business owners in Tanzania and Senegal, helping a health company in Nepal become more gender sensitive, and engaging beauticians in Afghanistan to share important health information with their customers.

Beautician interacting with a customer while providing beauty service at the Prancess Nayob beauty salon in Kabul.
ADDO owner receives training from SHOPS Plus staff at her drug shop in Tanzania.| Credit: Christina Kramer (SHOPS Plus)

Tanzania: Strengthening health businesses to increase access to services in rural settings 

Accredited drug dispensing outlets (ADDOs) are the first entry point into the health system for 75% of the country’s rural population. SHOPS Plus is working to strengthen the sustainability of these outlets by building the capacity of their owners and dispensers, of which 39% of owners and 90% of dispensers are women.  Read more and watch video

Senegal: Training helps midwife increase savings and expand services after setback

When flood waters damaged her clinic in 2013, Bineta Sène Sall had to move her practice to a rented facility in Petit Mbao, Senegal. She was not financially prepared to move to a new location while maintaining her client services. SHOPS Plus is providing business and financial management training to private health care providers like Sall. Read more

Nepal: Corporate group focuses on promoting gender equality

A small group of volunteers is leading a change in gender norms at Nepal’s largest social marketing organization. In 2017, the SHOPS Plus project trained employees at Nepal CRS Company (66 men and 20 women) on gender integration and mainstreaming. Read more

Afghanistan: Beauticians as change agents to increase use of priority health products 

Beautician interacting with a customer while providing beauty service at the Prancess Nayob beauty salon in Kabul.
Beautician interacting with a customer while providing beauty service at the Prancess Nayob beauty salon in Kabul. | Credit: Naimat Rawan

Building on the trusted relationship women have with their hairdressers, the Afghan Social Marketing Organization will use this influential group to deliver key health messages to women. SHOPS Plus is helping design and implement a test program before the organization decides to introduce the activity on a larger scale. Read more

 

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