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WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH KNOWLEDGE HUB

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BRIEFING PAPER

FEBRUARY 2013

Father and child, Lawari, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu Credit: Graham Crumb http://imagicity.com

Men and maternal and newborn health

Benefits, harms, challenges and potential strategies for engaging men Jessica Davis, Stanley Luchters, Wendy Holmes Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute, Australia

Jessica Davis, Stanley Luchters, Wendy Holmes (2012) Men and maternal and newborn health: benefits, harms, challenges and potential strategies for engaging men, Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub. Melbourne, Australia. For further information regarding this working paper please contact: Jessica Davis, Burnet Institute [email protected] Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub 85 Commercial Road Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3001 +61 3 9282 2160 http://wchknowledgehub.com.au http://twitter.com/WCHHub This work has been funded by AusAID through Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub. The views represented here are not necessarily those of AusAID or the Australian Government.

Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub is a partnership between the Burnet Institute, Menzies School of Health Research and the Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne. The Knowledge Hubs for Health are an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) initiative that aims to build knowledge, evidence and expertise and inform health policy dialogue relevant to Asia and the Pacific. http://wchknowledgehub.com.au http://twitter.com/WCHHub

CONTENTS Abbreviations

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Executive Summary

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1. Introduction

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1.1 Background

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1.2 Rationale: why engage men in maternal and newborn health?

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2. Purpose and research questions

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3. Method

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4. Potential benefits of involving men in services that promote maternal and child health

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4.1 Family planning and use of contraceptives

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4.2 Antenatal care attendance and health during pregnancy

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4.3 Birth preparedness, intrapartum and postnatal care

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4.4 Newborn and infant health

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4.5 Couple communication and emotional support for pregnant women

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5. Possible harms from involving men

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6. Challenges and barriers to male involvement

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7. Strategies for male involvement

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7.1 General principles for increasing male involvement

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7.2 Community-based initiatives

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7.3 Workplace-based initiatives

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7.4 Group education

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7.5 Mass media campaigns

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7.6 Clinic-based initiatives to engage men

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7.7 Motivating men to support maternal and child health

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8. Discussion and conclusion

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References

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Annex 1. Characteristics of intervention studies

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Men and maternal and newborn health: benefits, harms, challenges and potential strategies for engaging men

Abbreviations

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ANC

Antenatal care

CHTC

Couples HIV testing and counselling

HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus

HTC

HIV testing and counselling

IUD

Intrauterine device

NGO

Non-government organisation

PPTCT

Prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV

RCT

R