The Bangladesh family planning (FP) program has achieved success in reducing fertility during the past decades, but male involvement is lagging behind. A two-day seminar on "Male Involvement in Family Planning: A Challenge for the National Programme" was held in Dhaka June 25–26, 1996. The objectives were to review research findings on methods currently used, determine male involvement policy and strategy, and formulate an action plan including IEC, counseling, and programmatic interventions. Speakers emphasized the need for more male involvement in FP and the prevailing misconceptions about male contraception that should be addressed with IEC programs. Participants felt that to increase male participation in FP there should be action to marginalize sociocultural constraints, ensure that service facilities cater to male needs, arrange service-provider training, undertake innovative research, and extend coverage of male issues in IEC activities. Summary recommendations are noted in this report.
National Institute of Population Research and Training, Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Population Council, and AVSC International. 1996. "Male involvement in family planning: A challenge for the national programme workshop," workshops. Dhaka: Population Council.
Asia & Near East Operations Research and Technical Assistance Project