"The Men in Maternity (MiM) study investigated the feasibility, acceptability and cost of a new, more comprehensive, model of maternity care that encouraged husbands' participation in their wives' antenatal and postpartum care. The study specifically assessed the impact of the intervention on family planning in the postpartum period and STI preventitive practices among men and women. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Delhi Directorate at their primary health facilities called dispensaries"
"The Reproductive Health Research Unit (RHRU) University of the Witwatersrand, in partnership with the FRONTIERS Program of the Population Council, and the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health conducted a three-year operations research study titled "Men in Maternity" (MIM) in the Ethekwini district. The study was completed in July 2003...The intervention was clinic-based and included two broad strategies: improving antenatal care services by strengthening the existing antenatal package and service monitoring and supervision; and introducing couple counseling by providing training to health providers, inviting partners of antenatal women to attend counseling twice during pregnancy and once post delivery, and providing information to couples with a new antenatal booklet...At follow-up few differences were found between the control and intervention groups to support the hypothesized effect of the intervention. Significant differences were found only in changing communication, partner assistance during pregnancy emergencies, and knowledge of the condom as a method of dual protection"
A summary and review of a CD-ROM produced by APROFA - International Planned Parenthood, Western Hemisphere Region's affiliate in Chile. They developed 'Rock and Male Roles' to allow young men to explore their attitudes toward and behaviours around gender and sexual and reproductive health. The music video on the multi-educational CD-ROM is a visual representation of the struggle of young men to look critically at gender and how it influences their sexual and reproductive health. Utilising photos, reference documents, self-tests and MTV-style music videos, it serves to interact with and engage young men and encourage them to explore their attitudes and behaviours about these issues
This report puts forward a gender perspective in sexual and reproductive health, and on finding constructive ways to build partnership between men and women. One way of achieving this is through a better understanding of manhood. The report provides an overview of current theoretical and operational knowledge; it proposes programme directions, suggests programme indicators, discusses programming considerations, and informs about innovative approaches used in gender-sensitive reproductive health services and in communication interventions that aim to build partnerships with men. It provides both the rationale for comprehensive and more complex strategies and illustrates recent government, NGO and private sector initiatives. It also underlines the importance of using gender tools on a continuing basis to evaluate service and communication programmes.
Promoting male involvement in family planning
A brief pamphlet describing the issues around the gender imbalance in home-based care. Using a brief case study from 'Word Alive Ministries International' in Malawi, the pamphlet describes the problems faced, and the community's response and strategies. It also outlines around ten key lessons
Source e-bulletin on Disability and Inclusion