Journal article

Male involvement interventions and improved couples' emotional relationships in Tanzania and Zimbabwe: 'When we are walking together, I feel happy'

Liz Comrie-Thomson, Webster Mavhu, Christina Makungu, Quamrun Nahar, Rasheda Khan, Jessica Davis, Erica Stillo, Saadya Hamdani, Stanley Luchters, Cathy Vaughan



Male involvement in maternal and child health is recognised as a valuable strategy to improve care-seeking and uptake of optimal home care practices for women and children in low- and middle-income settings. However, the specific mechanisms by which involving men can lead to observed behaviour change are not well substantiated. A qualitative study conducted to explore men's and women's experiences of male involvement interventions in Tanzania and Zimbabwe found that, for some women and men, the interventions had fostered more loving partner relationships. Both male and female participants identified these changes as profoundly meaningful and highly valued. Our findings illustrate key pathway..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper reports findings from a secondary analysis of data collected through a multi-country study. The multi-country study was commissioned by Plan International Canada to assess two Plan International Canada-supported projects - Women and Their Children's Health (WATCH) implemented in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Zimbabwe (November 2011-June 2015) and Wazazi na Mwana implemented in Tanzania (October 2011-June 2015) -which received funding from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (now Global Affairs Canada) under the Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program on MNCH from 2011 to 2015. The authors also acknowledge the contribution to this work of the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program received by the Burnet Institute. The secondary analysis received no separate funding support.