Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

This panel focused on the importance of men within the maternal health sector. Das described a three-pronged study focused on men's roles in maternal health in India. His findings included that consensual sex, contraceptive use, support in antenatal care, sharing of routine house chores, and active engagement in infant care were all areas in which males could make a difference, potentially positively changing maternal health outcomes in the future. van den Berg discussed a new program in South Africa, framed after programs in Europe, which took father's groups and used them to improve maternal health indicators. van den Berg shared baseline results from the South Africa group, which included attitudes of gender roles. Kato-Wallace described the results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), which found men’s and women’s attitudes and behaviors related to parenthood and caregiving, violence and gender equality. Among other findings, it showed that men who were more educated and those that did not see intimate partner violence growing up were better able to be champions for their partners as related to maternal health. Finally, Kimonyo described the work in Rwanda where fathers were given opportunities to discuss their roles in the family and found that certain types of men that were brought up with certain values had more positive behaviors as it relates to their partners.

Moderator: Abhijit Das, Centre for Health and Social Justice

Fathers care: Results from initiatives working with men in India
Abhijit Das, Centre for Health and Social Justice

A special panel on actions to engage men in maternal health
Jane Kato-Wallace, Promundo

Reflections from fathers’ groups in Southern Africa
Wessel van den Berg, Sonke Gender Justice Network

Engaging men in maternal health
Augustin Kimonyo, Rwanda Accuracy Development Consult Ltd

Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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