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Barriers to involvement of men in ANC and VCT in Khayelitsha, South Africa

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Abstract:

We used qualitative methods to assess pregnant women and men's attitudes, feelings, beliefs, experiences and reactions to male partners' involvement in antenatal clinic (ANC) in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. The aims of these studies were to determine barriers to male partners' attendance of ANC with their pregnant female partners and to identify possible strategies to overcome these barriers. Findings from the qualitative studies demonstrated that pregnant women were keen to invite their male sexual partners and that men would attend if invited. The main barrier to male participation was lack of awareness and the healthcare facility environment. The findings of these studies emphasized the need to increase awareness among men in Khayelitsha of the need for male attendance of ANC and the need to address the barriers to male attendance of ANC. It was clear that community sensitization programmes coupled with improvement of the health facility environment to be receptive to men are essential for increasing male attendance of ANC.

Keywords: male ANC attendance; male involvement; male sexual partners; men ANC attendance; men involvement

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2012.668166

Affiliations: Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology,Imperial College London, London, UK

Publication date: 2012-08-01

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