Addis Abba, 16th August 2011: Marie Stopes International Ethiopia (MSI Ethiopia) has launched a new programme, Men as Partners, to encourage male involvement in family planning and reproductive health in the country, and ensure that it is at the core of MSI Ethiopia’s service delivery.
The Men as Partners programme was formally launched with a forum aimed at encouraging other organisations involved in sexual and reproductive health to share their experiences and ideas on the best way to engage men in health programmes.
The forum also marked the launch of a new countrywide network to bring together service delivery organisations that are engaging men into their health programmes and was attended by representatives from:
- Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health
- Engender Health
- Hiwot Ethiopia
- Addis Ababa Women’s Association.
MSI Ethiopia provided more than 135,000 people with family planning in 2010, and those services will prevent 863 maternal deaths and 77,000 unsafe abortions.
With the launch of the Men as Partners programme and a renewed effort to engage Ethiopian men in sexual and reproductive health, MSI Ethiopia hopes to be able to make an even greater positive impact on the lives of Ethiopian women, men and families over the coming years.
Commenting at the launch of the programme, MSI Ethiopia’s Country Director said, “we are on the right direction when we seek for enlightened and educated men who have the right to make decisions based on the right information.”
Read more about our work in Ethiopia on the MSI Ethiopia country programme page