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Systematic review of strategies for male involvement in maternal and newborn health

Systematic review of strategies for male involvement in maternal and newborn health

There is growing recognition that engaging men in maternal and newborn health programs can have considerable benefits for the health of women and children.

In 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a series of priority actions that could be adopted at the community level to make pregnancy safer. One of these priority actions was to leverage the role of men in families and communities.

In 2013 the WHO commissioned a series of systematic reviews examining the effectiveness of interventions in these priority action areas, in order to inform WHO guidelines on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health.

Burnet was commissioned to conduct the systematic review examining the effect of interventions to engage men on key health and care-seeking outcomes during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth.

Objectives:

To assess the impact of interventions employed with women, men, communities and community leaders to increase male involvement on care-seeking behaviour during pregnancy, for child birth and after birth for the woman and newborn, as well as key maternal and newborn health outcomes. _ Activities:_

  1. Conduct a systematic review of maternal health intervention studies in low- and middle-income countries published between 2000 and 2012 to extract information from eligible studies that describes how interventions to increase male involvement in maternal and newborn health can affect maternal and newborn health outcomes; and
  2. Contribute to the meetings of the WHO Guideline Development Group to inform the WHO guidelines on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health, including the recommendation on whether, and how, countries should adopt strategies to increase male involvement in maternal and newborn health.

Timeline

7 January 2014 - Ongoing

Results

Findings were reviewed by the WHO Guideline Development Group, and directly informed the WHO recommendation on male involvement in maternal and newborn health. This recommendation is included in the 2015 WHO recommendations on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health.

Publications

2015

Funding

Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health of the World Health Organization (with funding support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation)

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Liz Comrie-Thomson

Women's and Children's Health Specialist

Telephone

+61392822238

Email

liz.comriethomson@burnet.edu.au