AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 13, Supplement 1, pp 92–102

Male Involvement in PMTCT Services in Mbeya Region, Tanzania

Authors

    • Institute of Tropical Medicine and International HealthCharité University Medicine
  • Paulina Mbezi
    • PMTCT Programme Mbeya Region, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
  • Hebel Luvanda
    • PMTCT Programme Mbeya Region, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
  • Brigitte Jordan-Harder
    • Institute of Tropical Medicine and International HealthCharité University Medicine
  • Andrea Kunz
    • Institute of Tropical Medicine and International HealthCharité University Medicine
  • Gundel Harms
    • Institute of Tropical Medicine and International HealthCharité University Medicine
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-009-9543-0

Cite this article as:
Theuring, S., Mbezi, P., Luvanda, H. et al. AIDS Behav (2009) 13: 92. doi:10.1007/s10461-009-9543-0

Abstract

Throughout all stages of programmes for the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT), high dropout rates are common. Increased male involvement and couples’ joint HIV counselling/testing during antenatal care (ANC) seem crucial for improving PMTCT outcomes. Our study assessed male attitudes regarding partner involvement into ANC/PMTCT services in Mbeya Region, Tanzania, conducting 124 individual interviews and six focus group discussions. Almost all respondents generally supported PMTCT interventions. Mentioned barriers to ANC/PMTCT attendance included lacking information/knowledge, no time, neglected importance, the services representing a female responsibility, or fear of HIV-test results. Only few perceived couple HIV counselling/testing as disadvantageous. Among fathers who had refused previous ANC/PMTCT attendance, most had done so even though they were not perceiving a disadvantage about couple counselling/testing. The contradiction between men’s beneficial attitudes towards their involvement and low participation rates suggests that external barriers play a large role in this decision-making process and that partner’s needs should be more specifically addressed in ANC/PMTCT services.

Keywords

Tanzania ANC PMTCT Male involvement Partner involvement

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