An operations research study, supported by the Population Council’s Frontiers in Reproductive Health (FRONTIERS) program, showed that reproductive health services for men could be feasibly and acceptably integrated within the Health and Family Welfare Centres in Bangladesh, which have been primarily women-centered health facilities. Given these findings, a follow-up study was implemented to create the conditions for scaling up the model through identifying and piloting the operational details to consider when taking the intervention to scale. The findings presented in this report suggest that this model of service delivery and training can be scaled up countrywide, preferably in stages. To ensure compliance with systematic screening by all providers, the report recommends instituting supportive supervision, especially during the early stages of expansion, and holding clinical training in a facility where many RTI/STI cases are treated (such as a district hospital).
Mannan, M.A., Jafar Ahmad Hakim, Syeda Tazneen Waris, Ashraf Ali, AKM Nurul Hakim, Abdul Hannan, Sameena Chowdhury, Saria Tasnim, Saiful Islam, AQM Rezaul Karim, Sharif M.I. Hossain, Ubaidur Rob, and M.E. Khan. 2008. "Creating the conditions for scaling up the integration of reproductive health services for men in health and family welfare centers in Bangladesh," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Frontiers in Reproductive Health