Published: Jan. 14, 2019

Together with Stephanie Chamberlin (doctoral student in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences) and Kate Dovel (recent HBS PhD, now Assistant Professor at UCLA and living in Malawi), Sara Yeatman (Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences) just published research demonstrating the large gender disparity in time spent seeking health care in Malawi. The researchers used unique data from Yeatman’s study in southern Malawi to calculate that HIV-negative women in Malawi would be required to spend between 19 and 63 hours to meet annual routine health care guidelines compared to just three hours for similar men. The researchers conclude that the time women spend on health care exacerbates their existing time poverty and constrains opportunities for other meaningful activities.