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1 An Orientation Guide by Men and Reproductive Health Subcommittee USAID Interagency Gender Working Group Involving Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Introduction UNICEF United Nations FDA Consumer

2 To encourage new thinking about male involvement in sexual and reproductive health To encourage new thinking about male involvement in sexual and reproductive health Objectives To stimulate a dialogue on how best to integrate men into sexual and reproductive health programs for the benefit of both women and men To stimulate a dialogue on how best to integrate men into sexual and reproductive health programs for the benefit of both women and men M. Grant/United Nations

3 1 of 4 married women has unmet need for contraception1 of 4 married women has unmet need for contraception 5 million new adult HIV infections in million new adult HIV infections in 2001 Half of all new HIV infections occur to those under age 25Half of all new HIV infections occur to those under age ,000 pregnancy-related maternal deaths585,000 pregnancy-related maternal deaths per year, mostly preventable per year, mostly preventable 1 of 3 women is a victim of domestic violence1 of 3 women is a victim of domestic violence Critical Reproductive Health Issues

4 Part of the Problem or Solution? Men often seen as a significant cause of reproductive health problems What would be the benefits if men were involved as part of the solution? ?

5 K. K. Sulik/UNC Cell Biology

6 R. Witlin/United Nations

7 Mexfam Mexfam

8 J. Mohr/World Health Organization

9 Masculinity as a Risk Factor For Women ViolenceViolence STIs/HIV/AIDSSTIs/HIV/AIDS Unwanted pregnancyUnwanted pregnancy DepressionDepression Limited opportunitiesLimited opportunities For Men IncarcerationIncarceration Drug/alcohol abuseDrug/alcohol abuse STIs/HIV/AIDSSTIs/HIV/AIDS SuicideSuicide Violence/homicideViolence/homicide Shorter life expectancyShorter life expectancy

10 I would like to hear what the doctor says [about the child] but only my wife is allowed in…. From the way we are treated, one would think that [a child] doesnt concern us. – Father from Tunisia Men Often Excluded from Reproductive and Child Health

11 D. Mangurian/Inter-American Development Bank Half of Worlds One Billion Youth Are Male

12 Men: Sexual and Reproductive Health Family Planning STIs / HIV Safe Motherhood/ Family Well-being Safe Motherhood/ Family Well-being Gender-based Violence ViolenceGender-based AdolescentsAdolescents


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