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Male Participation in Maternal Health

Where Is the Husband?

Despite global efforts towards creating awareness and involving men in maternal and reproductive health of women, their participation remains low, particularly among the tribal population.

The story of husbands’ role and participation in their wife’s reproductive health was started in 1994 during an International Conference on Population and Development, where it was reported that husbands’ participation and involvement in maternal health makes life more satisfactory for women worldwide (Barua et al 2004; Chattopadhyay 2012; Narang and Singhal 2013). Commitment to the policy and strategic changes were evolved to achieve men’s participation for more suitable health results (WHO 2002).

Numerous countries, including India, have introduced programmes that mostly include men. However, even after two decades of global commitment and efforts, male participation remains incomplete and negligible. Both women and men are unaware of their roles and responsibilities during pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period. Women in remote and tribal communities are unaware of men’s crucial role in maternal health and the ways in which they can make a difference for women worldwide.

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Updated On : 29th Jun, 2020

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