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Men As Partners

Cape Coast In-Country Workshop
Ghana, August 1998

"Since men have always been involved in the creation and planning of their families, now it is up to us to gain their confidence and ensure that they have access to and use reproductive health services," said Central Regional Minister Representative Mr. Longman Atta-Kuma, a participant in Ghana's national Men As Partners workshop in 1998.

In May 1997, nine representatives from Ghana attended the first inter-regional workshop on male involvement in sexual and reproductive health hosted by AVSC International in Mombasa, Kenya. The Ghanian participants came from a variety of public and private institutions including the National Population Council, the Ministry of Health, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, and the University of Ghana. The Ghanian country team drafted a plan of action designed to guide national-level implementation of programs. This action plan included the need for a national workshop in which men's information, education, and communication (IEC) and health services needs could be discussed.

On August 4-6, 1998, 48 representatives from governmental, nongovernmental, and media organizations gathered in Cape Coast, Ghana to discuss men's information, education, and communication (IEC) and services needs in the area of reproductive health. Highlights of the workshop sessions included a panel in which health providers and male clients spoke out about their experiences with male reproductive health services and a talk by Dr. Bruce Armstrong, founder and director of the Young Men's Clinic in New York City.

At the end of the workshop, the participants made exciting plans to begin involving men in reproductive health in Ghana on a national basis. They proposed research studies on providers' biases about providing services for men and a campaign to define key reproductive health terms, like vasectomy, in local languages.

To order the complete report from the Men As Partners Country Workshop in Ghana, please e-mail MAP@avsc.org

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