Since the mid-1970s, the Bangladesh national family planning program primarily focused on motivating women to use modern contraceptive methods and encouraging them to seek services from clinics. In addition, female field workers were recruited to deliver contraceptive methods at homes. The program design facilitated women’s access to information and medical care through clinics and home visits. In the process, however, the medical needs of males were marginalized. Men generally seek services from pharmacies, private practitioners, and district hospitals, and often ignore preventive steps and postpone seeking medical care for chronic health conditions. In cases of acute illness, they often resort to self-medication. As noted in this report, the study’s aim was to integrate male reproductive health services within the existing government female-focused health-care delivery system. The study concluded that reproductive health services for men could easily be integrated into the health and family welfare centers without affecting the clinics’ focus on serving women and children.
Rob, Ubaidur, Sharif M.I. Hossain, M.E. Khan, Ahmed Al-Sabir, and Mohammed Ahsanul Alam. 2004. "Integration of reproductive health services for men in health and family welfare centers in Bangladesh," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.