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RHO archives : Topics : Men and Reproductive Health


Updated December 12, 2004

Listed below are useful web resources on men and reproductive health in low-resource settings. If you know of a resource to be included in this list, please send the URL (web address) and a description to: [email protected] .

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Policy documents

International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo 1994
The ICPD Platform of Action includes specific sections on men's involvement in reproductive health.

World Conference on Women 1995 Beijing
The Platform of Action includes specific sections on men's involvement in reproductive health.

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Alan Guttmacher Institute
The mission of The Alan Guttmacher Institute is to protect and expand the reproductive choices of all women and men in freedom and dignity. The Institute's website includes statistics and policy research on sexual behavior, youth, and sexually transmitted diseases. For specific information related to men's reproductive health use the "search" feature to find full text articles from Family Planning Perspectives and International Family Planning Perspectives. Additionally, AGI has published In Their Own Right: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of American Men. This publication presents a compilation and analysis of national research findings on the sexual and reproductive health needs of men in the United States. It is available for purchase on their website at AGI has also published In Their Own Right: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Men Worldwide, which indicates that men, particularly those in developing countries, lack vital information about preventing unintended pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted disease. The report and presentation materials are available at

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) works to ensure that the health and population policies of international institutions supported by the United States government actively promote women's reproductive and sexual health. The CHANGE website includes information on CHANGE's work on gender, reproductive health, and violence. Engaged in a variety of activities designed to promote the constructive involvement of men in reproductive health, CHANGE has developed a review of donor policies on male involvement and programmatic efforts to involve men.

The EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health (RHI) in Asia
This initiative is a collaboration between the European Commission and UNFPA. The four-year initiative provides financial support for reproductive health activities in Asia. Among the goals of the initiative are the advancement and implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in South and Southeast Asia. Fact sheet #8, Focus on Men and Reproductive Health Issues, can be downloaded from their site as an HTML document ( or as a PDF (

EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International) is a global organization committed to improving the health and lives of individuals, families, and communities by making quality reproductive health care services safe and available. In keeping with this mission, EngenderHealth has implemented the Men As Partners (MAP) program (, a three-year global effort designed to: increase male awareness of the need to safeguard reproductive health, especially through the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases; assist men in their use of temporary contraception and sterilization; increase male awareness and support of the reproductive health choices of their partners. The MAP web page describes these efforts and presents case studies, as well as links to reports on workshops and innovative programs worldwide. Several publications also are available on line: Working Paper #4, Vasectomy in Kenya: The First Steps (; Working Paper #8, A Successful National Program for Expanding Vasectomy Services: The Experience of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (; and Involving Men as Partners in Reproductive Health: Lessons Learned From Turkey (

Family Health International (FHI)
FHI is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping women and men have access to safe, effective, acceptable, and affordable family planning methods; preventing the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and improving the health of women and children. The website includes a search engine that can be used to access numerous FHI publications dealing with various aspects of men and reproductive health. The spring 1998 issue of FHI's publication Network features articles on Men and Reproductive Health (available at: "Men and Reproductive Health," a 44-page resource for Arabic-speaking health care providers and policy makers, is available online in Arabic at

Focus on Young Adults
Focus on Young Adults was a Pathfinder International partnership program. The program aimed to improve the overall health and well-being of adolescents through the implementation of adolescent reproductive health programs.

International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP)
Based in Malaysia, ICOMP's mission is to improve population program management through the development of bilateral and multilateral strategic alliances. ICOMPs website features a Men and Reproductive Health page with links to program examples (

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
IPPF believes that further progress in family planning is dependent on the attitudes and behavior of men. The Federation, guided by its strategic plan, Vision 2000, has supported a shift in the emphasis of Family Planning Association (FPA) programs from delivery of services geared only toward women, to services that also involve men.Descriptions of various programs may be found at the website. Male Involvement: An Annotated Bibliography from the ECO/UNFPA Conference on the Role of Men in Population and Reproductive Health Programmes, Baku, Azerbaijan, 21-24 September 1998 is available online at The IPPF Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) ( was founded in 1954, and is one of six regions that comprise the IPPF. IPPF/WHR's website features a Male Involvement section and links to various resources, including the Working With Young Men series of workbooks and an animated video developed for educators and health workers who work with young men. Topics related to young men's development and health are addressed. Various articles and monographs on male involvement can be accessed or ordered on their website (

Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs
The Center works with many international agencies, foundations, governments, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and overseas to promote healthy behavior. The Population Information Program supplies health and family planning professionals and policy makers with authoritative, accurate, and up-to-date information through its journal Population Reports, the bibliographic database POPLINE, and the Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC). A CD-ROM entitled "Helping Involve Men (HIM)," which provides easy access to important and programmatic literature on men's participation in reproductive health, is available on request. Useful links within the site include:

  • M/MC Clearinghouse ( includes the Health Communications Materials database of more than 2,000 materials (pamphlets, audiotapes, calendars, flip charts, videos, training tapes, and posters. A search on "men" retrieves 138 samples from many countries with messages based on the concerns of men.
  • Population Reports issue Reproductive Health: New Perspectives on Men's Participation (
  • POPLINE bibliographic database (, with the most popular searches from the last four years—including these topics related to men: condoms, AIDS and men, and men and family planning—at

Male Health Center
The Male Health Center a health center located in Texas specializing in male health.  The U.S.-based website includes information on the center and their services, as well as general information on male health concerns.

Male Network: For Men Against Violence by Men
This website is a Swedish-based initiative that advocates for increased male participation to end violence against women and promote gender equality for the sake of women and children, as well as for men.

Marie Stopes International
Marie Stopes International (MSI) has always felt that men need to be included in reproductive health services. In South America, Marie Stopes Bolivia set up projects with army barracks, giving talks on the prevention of sexually transmitted infection, including role-playing to demonstrate the use of condoms. African partners of MSI have devised sophisticated marketing campaigns to promote vasectomy, using video clips of satisfied clients in Kenya talking about the benefits. In India, condoms have been advertised with hard-hitting slogans to appeal to men, with products branded with macho names that reassure men their virility won't be impaired. A Man-to-Man project in Malawi offers a male-only environment for discussion about reproductive health and family planning. In the Philippines, a night clinic offering contraception, health checks and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, provides a handy drop-in point specifically for male night workers such as taxi drivers. The website features MSI services, including contraceptive choices for men, advocacy, and resources. It also links to, a popular sex education website for 11- to 15-year-old boys and girls in Australia and England.

The Men's Center
The Men's Center website is a tool of The Men's Resources Network, a non-profit created to increase awareness of men's issues. The website provides a variety of local, state, national, and international resources to address men's issues.

Men's Health Network
The Men's Health Network is an informational and educational organization created to address the challenges affecting men's health.

Men's Studies Press
The Men's Studies Press is a small, independent publisher of scholarly books and journals such as the Journal of Men's Studies ( and the International Journal of Men's Health ( Each journal is published three times a year, with abstracts of current and past issues available online.

National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF)
The NCOFF was established in 1994 to improve children's lives and the capability of families as well as to support research conduct and dissemination in the field of father involvement. NCOFF is developed around seven "core learnings:" 1. Fathers care about their families; 2. Fathers' presence matters; 3. Joblessness is a major impediment to family formation and father involvement. 4. Existing institutions create obstacles and disincentives to father involvement. 5. Skills and support for young fathers and mothers need to be established. 6. The transition from biological to committed father has significant development implications 7. The behavior of young parents is influenced by intergenerational familial beliefs and practices. The website includes a Research Database, which consists of citation lists, annotated bibliographies, abstracts, and program information. Of particular interest is the Survey of Programs Database with information about 940 U.S.-based father involvement programs.

The National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute
The National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute is a collaborative effort of Bienvenidos Family Services, The National Compadres Network and Behavioral Assessment, INC. The overall goal of the Institute is to address the multifaceted needs of the Latino males as it relates to their positive involvement in their families and community. Through research, training and direct service, the institute will look at the development of fathers as active positive partners in nurturing, guidance, and education of their children; while at the same time, addressing the very painful aspects of child abuse, domestic violence, gang violence, school failure, illiteracy, teen pregnancy and other related issues. The web site includes a newsletter that is updated regularly as well as information about various NLFFI programs to reach Latino men.

Oxfam GB
Oxfam GB is a development, relief, and advocacy organization based in the United Kingdom that collaborates with partner organizations internationally to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam works on several issues including gender equality and men. Oxfam’s Gender Equality & Men (GEM) project uses a gender analysis approach, recognizing the need to involve and engage men as well as women to achieve sustainable impact on poverty. In June 2002, the GEM project hosted a workshop entitled, “Gender Is Everyone’s Business: Programming with Men to Achieve Gender Equality.” Materials and presentations from the workshop, as well as a full copy of the workshop report, can be downloaded from the Oxfam website at

PAHO (Pan American Health Organization)
In both English and Spanish, this site has a section on gender and health issues. A comprehensive bibliography on men and gender differences in health will soon be available. PAHO's Research Protocols to Study Sexual and Reproductive Health of Male Adolescents and Young Adults in Latin America ( describes a proposed study of the reproductive and sexual health of male adolescents and young adults in selected Latin American countries. The results will guide the development of policies and programs that promote the sexual and reproductive health of male adolescents through better understanding of their knowledge, attitudes, and practices, taking into account the influence of the social construction of masculinity in Latin America. Their New Project Involves Men in Reproductive Health Programs ( is a four-year, $1.2 million project that will be managed by PAHO and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The project will focus on improving the sexual and reproductive health of Central American women and men.

Panos Institute
The Panos Institute is an international, nonprofit institute working with partners worldwide to stimulate informed public and policy debate and build media capacities on developing-country issues. Panos activities help to examine the relationship between men and AIDS, the impact of men's behavior on women and other men, and initiatives designed to help men protect themselves and their partners. Panos is running a series of information activities on young men (aged 10 to 24) and HIV. In July 2001, Panos published a report entitled Young Men and HIV: Culture, Poverty and Sexual Risk. This report outlines the importance of involving youth in HIV/AIDS programs. It also attempts to stimulate debate and increase awareness of the issues affecting young men and HIV/AIDS among policy makers, the media, and service providers. Although the report is out of print, it can be downloaded from their website at

PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)
PATH's mission is to improve the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors. PATH recognizes the importance of making reproductive health services available to men and has designed a variety of educational materials and initiatives for men ( PATH's publication Outlook also has addressed issues relevant to men (

Population Council
The mission of the Population Council is to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The website has many publications on aspects of men's involvement in reproductive health, including a summary of the council's recent work on men's roles ( The site's search engine will retrieve articles from Studies in Family Planning, the council's Working Papers series, Quality/Calidad/Qualité, Population and Development Review, and Population Briefs. The Gender, Family, and Development Program has several publications relevant to men and reproductive health; a newsletter (Toward a New Partnership); Families in Focus: New Perspectives on Mothers, Fathers, and Children (; and Learning About Sexuality: A Practical Beginning (

Instituto PROMUNDO
PROMUNDO is a Brazilian NGO that focuses on the inclusion of young men in their Adolescents, Gender and Health Initiative. The Institute tests and disseminates techniques for working with young men in sexual and reproductive health programs. Promundo has recently published a set of five manuals, entitled Working With Young Men, and an accompanying animated videotape, Once Upon a Boy. Designed for educators and health workers that work with male youth, the set of five manuals includes Sexuality and Reproductive Health; Paternity and Care Giving; Reasons and Emotions; From Violence to Peaceful Coexistence, Including Gender-based Violence; and Preventing and Living With HIV/AIDS. Copies are available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Copies of the manual series and videotape can be ordered from the Promundo website's Publications page at

Q Web Sweden
Male Involvement: What Can Be Found on the Internet?
Q Web Sweden is a worldwide network of exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas on women's health and gender issues. Q Web has a page entitled "Gendering men—shared concern," which has an extensive list of selected sites on the Internet about male involvement. In November 2000, Q Web hosted a seminar on men's roles in Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Q Web has published a report based on the conference presentations entitled "Choice and Power—Sexual and Reproductive Rights for Women and Men," which is available online at

Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP)
ReCAPP provides practical tools and information to effectively reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors. Teachers and Health Educators will find up-to-date, evaluated program materials to help with their work with teens. ReCAPP features a page of male involvement links.

Safe Passages to Adulthood
Safe Passages to Adulthood is a five-year research program on young people's sexual health in less developed countries. The program has two main purposes: increasing the research capacity of developing country partners, and generating new knowledge that will lead to the development of culturally relevant, clear, and systematic guidelines for effective action at a program and policy level. Safe Passages hosted an expert meeting, Working with Young Men, the results of which are presented in Working With Young Men to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health ( SafePassagesyoungmen.html#Safe%20Passages). The document includes illustrative case studies, a discussion of key issues raised, and guidelines for work with young men.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)/Men and Gender Equality
The UNDP Men's Group was established by a group of male UNDP staff following a workshop in 1999. Their site includes information on the seminar series, commentaries on mainstreaming gender equality, an electronic discussion forum, bibliography, and links to related organizations.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a multilateral organization working to improve reproductive health worldwide. The website includes publications and press releases related to gender equity issues and men and reproductive health, including a report on Enhancing Men's Roles and Responsibilities in Family Life (

Urban Institute: Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit policy research organization established in Washington, DC , in 1968. The Institute's goals are to improve thinking about society's problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens' awareness about important public choices. The Institute's website features a report entitled "Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Guide for Program Planners."

Wise Guys
Wise Guys is an award-winning teen pregnancy prevention program, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, that uses a male-centered approach. It consists of a 12-week course and curriculum for male youths, ages 11 to 19. Wise Guys also offers professional training and programs for parents, schools, and community groups. Additionally, Wise Guys has translated its program and curriculum into Spanish under its Hispanic Initiative in order to broaden its reach.

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Men's reproductive health concerns

APHA 129th Annual Meeting Paper Session: The Role of Men and Reproductive Health - International Perspectives
Several papers on men and reproductive health were presented at the 2001 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The abstracts are available on the conference website .

Ask Noah About: Sexually Transmitted Disease
This website features an excellent collection of links to information about protection from sexually transmitted diseases. NOAH is a collaboration of four New York organizations and many information providers.

BBC Online's Men's Health Page
BBC Online's Men's Health Page includes basic information about men's health issues, including diet, exercise, stress reduction, cancers, drug and alcohol use, and depression.

Boys and Puberty d_puberty.html
One-page discussion from boy's point of view about the changes in his body published by Planned Parenthood (U.S.).

CIRP Circumcision Information and Resource Page
This non-profit group's website hosts technical and medical information as well as education materials for parents and trainers on all aspects of circumcision. The site is sponsored by Genital Integrity, which opposes circumcision

FatherNet Children
This website is produced by the Children, Youth and Family Consortium of the University of Minnesota, and includes a page on family relationships and parenting. There is provides information on the importance of fathers and fathering and how fathers can be good parents and parent educators. It includes research, policy, and opinion documents to inform users about the factors that support and hinder men's involvement in the lives of children. Father to Father is a national effort to unite men in the task of being a strong and positive force in their children's lives. Focused on fathers in the United States.

Healthfinder is a consumer-oriented website produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It includes online publications, databases, and links to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce information for the public. The men's health section provides information on contraception, STI prevention, and other health-related issues.

Implementation Guide on Reaching Men to Improve Reproductive and Sexual Health for All
This guide captures the programmatic issues discussed at the Reaching Men to Improve Reproductive Health for All international conference held in Dulles, Virginia, September 15-18, 2003. The guide illustrates examples of how to develop, implement, and evaluate reproductive health programs that involve men in ways that promote gender equity and improve health outcomes for men and women. Nine chapters mirror the conference topics: (1) Addressing Issues of Male Identity in Adolescent Men; (2) Policy Initiatives and Strategies for Advocating the Involvement of Men in Reproductive Health; (3) Involving Men in Reproductive Health Through Maternal & Child Health; (4) Men's Right and Empowerment in Improving Women's Reproductive Health; (5) Impact of Gender on Men's Health; (6) Successful Strategies in Reaching Men; (7) Successful Approaches in Educating or Changing Men's Attitudes; (8) Tools and Programs for Monitoring and Evaluation; (9) Conclusion; (Annex) Sample KAP (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices) Survey. The guide was produced in 2004 for USAID's Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) by the Health Communication Partnership (HCP) based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs. It can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF file at, or ordered on CD-ROM at

InterWorld Radio
InterWorld Radio has produced a series of radio features focusing on young men's role in the AIDS epidemic—one of the themes of this year's World AIDS Day campaign. Boys' Talk (, a series of five radio features from around the world, gives young men the chance to talk freely about their attitudes toward sex, drugs, alcohol, and girls as they grow up alongside the AIDS epidemic. Users can download audio files and listen to the series online.

Mens Community Network of New York City
The Men's Community Network (MCN) of New York City is a collaboration of over 100 organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of underserved men in NYC through the use of non-traditional mediums, such as the Internet, and through intense and consistent communication with service providers within and beyond the health field.

In June 2002, the MCN hosted its first conference on mens health and wellness in New York City. The conference brought together participants to raise awareness among health-service providers concerning mens health issues, share information on MCNs ongoing activities and projects, and help service providers improve their understanding and support for hard-to-reach populations. One of the workshop presentations, "Reaching Men with Clinical and Community-Based Services," can be downloaded from the "Download" section of the conference website at

National Cancer Institute, Cancerlit—Male Reproductive Cancers
This resource offers a comprehensive list of citations and abstracts on testicular, penile, and prostate cancer—including causes, clinical trials, and treatment. It focuses on cancer research in the United States.

An educational, nonprofit source of up-to-date information (reference materials and presentation graphics) on selected reproductive health topics, including family planning. maintained by the JHPIEGO Corporation. A search on "men" reveals articles about men and reproductive health and service delivery guidelines for contraceptives methods men can use, including female condoms, male condoms, natural family planning, vasectomy, and withdrawal. In-depth information about each of these methods can be found on the Reproline site.

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