Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

Kivunaga began the session by describing men's perceptions around SRH services in Kenya and how they could be integrated into those programs. The found that men were interested in becoming involved in these services, yet were hesitant on a few fronts including partner testing, male involvement in the mostly-female hospital wards, and the ability to accompany their partners in long lines and during-the-work-day scheduling of appointments. Sapkota discussed men's involvement in the labor and post-partum periods, as it relates to the well-being of the mother. She and her colleagues found that with husband companionship, post natal support, anxiety and depressive symptoms were fewer with those that had husband support. Ahmed's presentation focused on the health knowledge of men in Bangladesh. Results found that there was a dearth of knowledge when it came to certain maternal health complications, situations and advice for the mother as compared to the female's knowledge. Hashima-E-Nasreen presented on men’s knowledge and awareness on maternal, neonatal and child health issues in Bangladesh. Results varied between the control and test subjects, but more training and knowledge is needed amongst the male population, in general. Nazib Uz U Zaman Khan also focused on Bangladesh, but on men's knowledge and involvement in longer term maternal morbidities. It was found that many husbands were unaware of their wives' morbidities and even when disclosed, did not know how to support or deal with those conditions. This had a severe effect on the women including mental and (some) physical trauma.

Moderator: Jackline Kivunaga, Population Council

Men’s support in uptake of sexual and reproductive health services: Men’s perceptions of seeking services together with their partners in Kenya
Jackline Kivunaga, Population Council

The husband’s companion to his wife during childbirth in Nepal: An approach to improve the emotional wellbeing of a new mother during the postnatal period
Sabitri Sapkota, Midwifery Society of Nepal

Husbands’ knowledge of maternal health care in rural Bangladesh: An untapped resource?
Anisuddin Ahmed, ICDDR,B

Men’s knowledge and awareness of maternal, neonatal and child health care in rural Bangladesh: A comparative cross sectional study
Hashima-E-Nasreen, BRAC

Husbands’ perceptions about their wives’ long term maternal morbidity: Findings from qualitative research in rural Bangladesh
Nazib Uz U Zaman Khan, ICDDR,B

Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Wednesday, 16 January 2013

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