Factors Affecting Male Partner Involvement in MCH Among Families in Humanitarian Settings. A case Study of Imvepi Refugee Camp

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A study on “Factors Affecting Male Partner Involvement in MCH among Families in Humanitarian Settings: a case study of Imvepi refugee camp”. It aimed at addressing the following objectives: i) To establish the level of male partner involvement in maternal and newborn health among families in Imvepi refugee settlement, ii) To identify the perceived facilitators/enablers of male partner involvement in maternal and newborn health among South Sudanese in Imvepi refugee settlement, and iii) To establish the perceived barriers that hinder male partners from actively participating in maternal and newborn health. The study used a descriptive cross-sectional community-based survey, that employed both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. Data was collected through one-on-one interviews, Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant interviews using questionnaires and semi-structured interview schedules with a response rate of 97.6%. Stratified random sampling, Simple random sampling and Purposive sampling techniques were used accordingly to sample respondents. Qualitative data was transcribed verbatim in a local language and then translated into English language. However, quantitative data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Scientists version 20.0 into frequencies and percentages. It was noted that men in humanitarian settings were more involved than their counterparts due to increased knowledge of obstetric and newborn dangers signs among men as well as accessibility of healthcare facilities. On the contrary, men were still hindered by financial constraints and cultural connotations surrounding childbirth. In the quest to reduce preventable maternal and infant deaths coupled with the influx of refugees, there is need for governments to reduce out of pocket expenditures associated with healthcare services and invest in sensitizing communities on the critical role played by all stakeholders.