Male Engagement Strategy Launched In Mbarara
Male engagement strategy, a program aimed at reducing maternal and new born deaths in Mbarara district has been launched with a call on all local and religious leaders to encourage men to endeavor to escort their wives to access quality health services at health facilities.
Godfrey Baryomunsi, the Mbarara district Vice Chairperson says men as heads of families, decision makers and resource controllers are advised to accompany their wives for antenatal and immunization as well as for delivery that will help to improve health of children.
This was during the launching ceremony of Male Engagement Strategy at a one day stakeholders’ meeting held in Mbarara district that was organized by the USAID Regional Health Integration Health Services RHITES.
The strategy will advocate for improved child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV/AIDS.
The Assistant District Health Officer, Agatha Nshabohurira explained that government wants men to get concerned and be involved in supporting women in seeking health care during pregnancy and immunization and in any other health program.
She said close to 19 delivering mothers die every day in Uganda noting that if men could accept to escort their wives and provide basic necessities with balanced diet, it would help them produce healthy babies which is a pride to the fathers.