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    Men have needs too. Men must be part of the ICPD solution.

    Nadeau J; Bankole A

    Countdown 2015: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All. 2004; (Spec No):100-102.

    For a long time, the sexual and reproductive health needs of men— beyond their roles as women’s partners— received little attention from the global reproductive health community. In fact, some people feared that involving men in women’s reproductive health would undermine attempts to empower women. This changed only with the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Early attempts to understand and contain the disease made it clear that public health experts required better knowledge of men’s (and women’s) sexual behaviour. But men’s health care needs and the significance of men’s roles go far beyond HIV/AIDS. Men play a key role in the occurrence and prevention of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) other than HIV/AIDS, as well as in healthy marital relationships and child rearing. In 1994, the ICPD recognised the importance of “male responsibilities and participation” in sexual and reproductive health. The conference’s 20- year Programme of Action called for leaders to “promote the full involvement of men in family life and the full integration of women in community life”, ensuring that men and women are equal partners in both spheres. In particular, it said, “efforts should be made to emphasise men’s shared responsibility and promote their active involvement in responsible parenthood, sexual and reproductive behaviour, including family planning; prenatal, maternal and child health; prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV; [and] prevention of unwanted and high-risk pregnancies”. (excerpt)
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