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Engaging Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health


Because of their roles as decision makers and heads of household, men play an important role in improving maternal and child health care in their communities. This facilitator's guide focuses on training male volunteers to become "counselors" who encourage fathers to change practices or adopt new behaviors that will help improve the health of their wives and children.

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Overall Agenda 2
Session 1: Basic Concepts 4
Session 2: Behaviors of Men and Social Norms 7
Session 3: Selecting the Change Agents 9
Session 4: Responsibilities of the Change Agent Volunteers 11
Session 5: Practicing Negotiation for Behavior Change 16
Session 6: Training Change Agents to Do Follow-Up Visits 19
Session 7: Supportive Supervision of Change Agents 20
Session 8: Change Agent Record-Keeping and Interpreting Data 21
Session 9: Organizing and Evaluating Activities for Community Awareness 22
Session 10: Planning Training of Change Agents 25
Session 11: Materials for the Change Agents 26
Session 12: Next Steps and Closing 27

Publication details

Publisher: Catholic Relief Services December 2014
Manual: 28 pages
Language: available in English and French
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches

Posted on February 3, 2015

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