Do men care about the reproductive health of their female partners in Bangladesh?
Presentation at the XXVI IUSSP International Population Conference, Marrakech, 2 October
Mutahara,Marium ul; Rob,Ubaidur; Alam,Mohammad Masudul
Publication date: 2009
To enhance the reproductive health (RH) status of women, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of men must be investigated, especially where women depend on men for the decision to seek health care. Using secondary data, the behavior of men in terms of their participation at the time of maternal health care visits, their perceptions of life-threatening complications related to pregnancy, and their participation at the time of child vaccination will be identified and the observed differences in the levels of health care participation will be assessed considering the intensity of exposure in terms of both socioeconomic and programmatic factors. Using recently available survey data from Bangladesh, this study will explore changes in the pattern of RH care during the last decade and the extent to which inequalities in access to that care have emerged. In particular, the links between economic conditions and the use of RH care services will be investigated.