20. June 2022

New project launched to develop practical guidance on how to integrate a gender lens into AMR research projects

After a highly competitive proposal selection process ICARS and IDRC are pleased to announce that we have selected the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Jive Media Africa in South Africa along with the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) at Mahidol University in Thailand to undertake the new gender and AMR project.

This team will mobilize knowledge and identify research gaps at the intersection of gender and antimicrobial resistance and develop resources for researchers to increase the gender-responsiveness of research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Since late 2021, ICARS and IDRC have been collaborating on the topic of gender and AMR. Together, both organisations hosted scoping roundtables, which brought together gender researchers and AMR experts from around the world. This led to the launch of a Request for Proposals to support research to develop guidance resources to strengthen the gender lens within ICARS and IDRC research projects.

This novel project explores the interconnections between AMR and gender by synthesising the current evidence base on AMR, gender and other overlapping socio-behavioural characteristics, in order to identify priority knowledge gaps. The team will utilise systematic review methods, participatory workshops, and consultations with key experts to develop a guidance document to support AMR research teams in integrating a gender lens in their work. The guidance will be designed specifically to support researchers working in innovation, intervention and implementation research across human and animal health, and it will reflect both sub-Saharan African and south-east Asian contexts.

“We anticipate that this project will provide researchers with the necessary tools to capitalise on the potential of a gender lens to improve the quality, contextual relevance and impact of their AMR research” Lead Investigators, Dr Ingrid Lynch, HSRC and Dr Poy Naemiratch, MORU 

The research teams from HSRC and MORU will work closely with Jive Media Africa, who will lead the dissemination efforts and develop accessible and engaging knowledge products and creative tools to position this knowledge for uptake and widespread use.

This project is underway and will be ongoing until April 2023. Stay tuned for more information on how to engage with this exciting initiative!