Male partner involvement in health interventions: A systematic review of best practices in Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors

  • Admire Chereni Academic Coordinator, Centre for Academic Technologies, University of Johannesburg
  • Nhlanganiso Nyathi Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Justice Mbizo Associate Professor, Usha Kundu, MD College of Health, University of West Florida, Pensacola

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1921/jpts.v19i1-2.1680

Keywords:

HIV;, AIDS, male involvement, health interventions, Sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract

Health promotion programmes aimed at the involvement of men are implemented in a complex cultural and socio-demographic context that reifies persistent unequal gender relations. The explanations and evidence for the mechanisms by which male involvement facilitates health and wellness, are, however, less clear. Drawing on findings from a qualitative systematic review of peer-reviewed studies, this article synthesises the literature on health, social policy, and programme interventions for improving male partner involvement to promote sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Findings suggest that combining approaches such as mass education campaigns and health and social care programmes, targeting both men and women, improves male participation. Finally, enhancing participation of both men and women in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health program programmes, can lead to positive gender role transformations and positive health and social care outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords: HIV; AIDS; Male Involvement; Health Interventions; Sub-Saharan Africa  

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2022-04-13

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Chereni, A., Nyathi, N., & Mbizo, J. . (2022). Male partner involvement in health interventions: A systematic review of best practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 19(1-2). https://doi.org/10.1921/jpts.v19i1-2.1680