Male Involvement in Maternal and Infant Health Care, Banke, Nepal

Ambika Ghimire, Khagi Maya Pun
2017 International Journal of Nursing Research and Practice (IJNRP)  
Men not only act decision-makers for women's access to health services, but also through abuse or neglect, men's actions can have a direct bearing on the health of their female partner. Objectives: The overall objective of the study was to find out the involvement of male in maternal and infant health care in Kohalpur Municipality of Banke District Nepal. Methods and Materials: A cross sectional descriptive design was used. Semi structured questionnaire was developed by adopting standardized
more » ... ls which were developed by the Maternal Neonatal Program of JHPIEGO, an affiliate of John Hopkins University. Semi-structured interview was conducted among purposively selected 151 male respondents who had less than one year child in Kohalpur Municipality of Banke district of Nepal. Data was entered and analyzed through SPSS 20 version for descriptive as well as Inferential analysis. All ethical aspects were followed. Results: Only 41.1% respondents were involved in maternal and infant health care. Among the different components of the maternal and infant health care maximum involvement found in antenatal care (57.6%) and minimum involvement found in immunization (5.3%). Involvement of the male is significantly associated with respondent age (0.009), Ethnicity (0.004) Illiteracy (0.011), level of education (0.0001), occupation (0.0001) and income (0.000 1). Conclusion: This study concluded that involvement is higher among the higher educated and Service holder men. Therefore these factors should be considered during maternal and infant health policy development. F: Mens role in emergency obstetric care in Osun state ofNigeria.Afr J Reprod Health 2005, 9(3):59-71. 6. Mullany B C, Hindin M J, Backer S. Women's autonomy and male involvement in antenatal care: associations and tensions. Retrieved from
doi:10.15509/ijnrp.2017.4.1.342 fatcat:pjkxd2rf4ja77dpxds3gw7agv4