Healthcare professionals trained in male engagement techniques during pregnancy and birth in Marracuene

Recent data show that male attendance at antenatal consultations is low in Mozambique (between 5-20%) while the main decision-makers are men. Barriers to male involvement include an association with HIV and the perception that maternal health is the woman's domain. To face this scenario, at least 10 health technicians from the Marracuene and Ricathla Health Centers (Maputo Province) were trained last May. 
The health workers, including district managers and SMI nurses, were trained by ICRH Mozambique in partnership with DPS Mozambique. The focus was on the importance of male engagement during pregnancy and childbirth, with the aim of bringing men closer to the health center, also seeking to break myths and taboos with this dynamic. Those present received a training package that included information on, among other things, how to make a birth plan with the couple, danger signs during pregnancy and measures to follow in case of an emergency, encouraging the partner to support exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 6 months, ways to inform couples about paternity leave, and the importance of the presence of the partner during childbirth.
Simulation of male involvement in prenatal consultations