Marg [Marg Docking, Uganda] has made a very important point: reach the men through the faith based organisations (my paraphrase). I concur with that view because we noticed in 2004 in Cross Rover State, Nigeria that our positive messages about many health topics whether it be reproductive health, HIV-AIDS, child number and spacing for health, STIs, etc we were reaching the women and their young children but only few of the male population. But in a patriarchal society men make the decisions, so we needed to reach them, too.. The best place to meet not just the men but all the family together to deliver our messages was in religious houses and events. We engaged the Leaders of Religious bodies for the next four years and it worked. We made breakthroughs e.g. 'cut HIV prevalence rates; increased immunisation rates markedly; increased family use of insecticide-treated nets in the family; more men were attending ante natal classes with their pregnant partners (anecdote); etc.
Reaching the men is critical in sub-Saharan Africa in imparting positive health messages.
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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk