To increase men’s participation in family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) both for their own well-being and as gatekeepers to women’s health, the African Population Policy Research Center and the Population Council’s OR/TA Project II launched a study designed to explore best practices for delivering services to men. The study examined men’s knowledge, perceptions, and concerns about RH issues, including FP, and the social context of their knowledge. In sub-Saharan Africa, FP and reproductive health-care research and interventions place a disproportionate emphasis on women and largely ignore the role of men. As a result, male participation in FP and RH has been low. The study’s goals, as detailed in this document, were to collect information on men’s views and perspectives on RH, including FP, in order to expand services to encompass men as FP users and supportive partners. The study looked at men’s perceptions of FP and their knowledge and attitudes about existing and preferred FP and STD services.
Fapohunda, Bolaji M. and Naomi Rutenberg. 1999. "Expanding men's participation in reproductive health in Kenya." Nairobi: African Population Policy Research Center.
Africa OR/TA Project II