E-Newsletter Issue 6

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Male participation is now recognised as a crucial component in optimizing maternal, newborn and child health outcomes. The momentum to place men at the centre of reproductive and family health picked up at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, which advocated efforts to “… emphasize men’s shared responsibility and to promote their active involvement in responsible parenthood, sexual and reproductive behaviour, including family planning; prenatal, maternal and child health.”

Men who are poorly informed or disengaged from pregnancy and childbirth often present serious barriers to women’s ability to act in their own and their children’s interests; and evidence from many studies has reaffirmed the importance of involving men in reproductive health matters.