Lack of male reproductive health centers in Pakistan
Studies conducted in Pakistan point to the fact that men do desire to remain involved in family planning intervention decisions.
A study conducted by Population Council in June 2015 revealed that the males who were surveyed “expressed their frustration at various levels.” They said they have no source of information in their communities and seem to have legitimate reasons for not using contraceptive methods – contraceptives are unavailable and they are unaware of the side-effects of using contraceptives, the consequences of failing to use contraceptives, and their cost.
Zeba Sathar, Population Council Country Director, concluded that this study shows that men want to be involved, but Pakistan lacks dedicated healthcare centers that can provide information about male reproductive health and family planning issues.
Although the majority of Pakistan’s healthcare centers provide family planning services for married couples, there is none specifically for men to allow them to receive information and knowledge.
Sathar noted that it is still a taboo to discuss family planning interventions in Pakistan and that, men hesitate to go with their spouses to family planning centers to discuss sexual reproductive issues.
Data from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey from 2012-2013 and few other studies have suggested that men do not agree with many of the stereotypes associated with them in Pakistan related to family planning. They are supportive of family planning in Pakistan, disagree that contraception is only a women’s issue, and disagree with the fact that men should not have to worry about it.
Sathar also said that mother and child health can also be improved by educating men about the importance of contraceptive use.
News source: The Express Tribune