Men as Partners

Lessons learned from engaging men in clinics and communities

Mehta, M., Peacock, D., and Bernal, L. (2004). Men As Partners: Lessons Learned from Engaging Men in Clinics and Communities. In Gender Equality and Men (Ed. Ruxton, S.) Oxfam: Oxford, United Kingdom.

Spurred by the recognition that men’s attitudes and behaviour can either undermine or promote sexual and reproductive health, many sexual and reproductive health organisations around the world have launched initiatives to encourage positive male involvement. This chapter describes the lessons learned by one such initiative: the Men As Partners (MAP) programme at EngenderHealth. In this chapter, we present the framework for the MAP programme, and explore how it is applied to engage men in service-delivery settings and communities. We also share lessons that we have learned as a result of implementing the MAP programme in a variety of contexts and countries to address a diversity of reproductive-health issues.