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Male involvement in reproductive health: a management perspective


Karien Jooste
School of Nursing Sciences
Faculty of community and Health Sciences
University of Western Cape
Cape Town
South Africa


Aims  The present study outlines the perceptions of participants on male involvement in reproductive health (RH) from a management perspective.

Background  Namibia is one of the African countries affected by cultural and socio-economic influences that have persuaded gender roles in a way that hinders male-partner involvement in RH.

Method  A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive design was followed. The target population included all male and female partners attending a health facility and all nurse managers (registered nurses in charge) that provided RH services in the health facility in a northern region in Namibia. Individual interviews were conducted until data saturation occurred.

Results  The results indicate that the management principles, policy and legislation, as well as resources to facilitate male involvement in RH, were indicated as barriers for nurse managers to facilitate male involvement.

Conclusion  Male involvement in RH care is needed for an interpersonal and interactive partnership.

Implications for Nurse Managers  Recommendations are made to establish a partnership within the current health care framework in which reproductive health is provided.