From Adding to the Burden to Sharing the Load: Guidelines for Male Involvement in Reproductive Health in Cambodia
POLICY (January 2006)
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This case study focuses on Cambodia, where a group of advocates recognized that involving men was an important aspect of improving the country's reproductive health status. Members of MEDiCAM, a large network of health nongovernmental organizations in Cambodia, formed the Reproductive Health Promotion Working Group (RHPWG), with technical assistance from the POLICY Project. Working as a bridge between implementers and policymakers, the RHPWG identified male involvement in reproductive health as its top advocacy priority. Through concerted advocacy efforts, the group succeeded in garnering policymaker support and worked with relevant ministries and other stakeholders to establish standard guidelines for male involvement programs. The draft guidelines were structured to align with the major components of the country's forthcoming Strategic Plan for Reproductive Health in Cambodia (2006-2010), which now refers explicitly to male involvement in several places. Cambodia's experience is a good model for other countries seeking to strengthen male involvement initiatives through advocacy, policy development, and implementation.