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Engaging men in maternal and child health in PNG

Burnet Institute

22 October, 2013

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Burnet has looked at the benefits, harms, challenges and potential strategies in engaging men in maternal and child health. Photo credit: Brent Balalas

Burnet Institute has joined Papua New Guinea National Catholic Health and HIV Services to encourage greater male participation in maternal and child health.

The two organisations are hosting a conference in Port Moresby, funded by The Global Fund, to look at evidence around the benefits of male involvement, the challenges and risks in getting them more involved, current participation of men in maternal and child health, and strategies to encourage greater involvement.

Burnet’s Team Leader for Women’s and Children’s Health, Associate Professor Stanley Luchters will join speakers from the community, government, policy-makers, research and those involved in service delivery and advocacy.

Associate Professor Luchters will present research completed through Compass: Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Hub looking at the benefits, harms, challenges and potential strategies in engaging men in maternal and child health.

He said evidence shows that men have a crucial role to play in increasing contraceptive use and improving maternal and child health during pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing.

“Evidence shows that engaging men increases family planning use, reduces maternal workload during pregnancy, improves communication between partners and emotional support for women, and increases attendance at essential postnatal care services,” Associate Professor Luchters said.

“This national conference in PNG seeks to raise awareness and bring together a range of stakeholders who are working with men in order to build partnerships and support a coordinated, evidence-based approach to involving men in maternal and child health in PNG.”

CLICK HERE to read the Compass report, Men and Maternal and Newborn Health: Benefits, harms, challenges and potential strategies for engaging men.

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