Men As Partners
EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners (MAP) initiative is designed to address men’s broad reproductive health concerns along with those of their partners. Working in partnership with country-based organizations, the MAP program’s goal is to use evidence-based strategies to increase access to information and services that improve men’s sexual and reproductive health and to promote the constructive role that men can play in HIV and AIDS, maternal health care, and family planning in their families and communities.
Men As Partners: A Program for Supplementing the Training of Life Skills Educators, 2nd Edition, is intended for use in working with men both to address gender norms that put men and their partners at risk for negative reproductive health outcomes. It is also designed to engage men in issues related to gender and reproductive health to prevent HIV infection and gender-based violence. The manual is aimed primarily at MAP master trainers, who train and supervise life skills educators who implement MAP activities with the public, and at MAP life skills educators themselves. It contains a variety of interactive educational activities on such topics as gender and sexuality, male and female sexual health, HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, relationships, and violence, as well as general resources for facilitators, including tips for improving facilitation skills and sample introductory and icebreaker activities.
Though originally designed for use by MAP educators in South Africa, the manual and the activities have been used successfully by trainers around the world.