Male Partner Engagement in Antenatal Care and Zika-related Health Care

The Zika virus, transmitted through mosquito bites, through mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy or through sexual contact, spread rapidly across 27 countries in the Western Hemisphere from 2015 through 2017.1 If a pregnant women is infected, her child is at risk of developing Congenital Syndrome associated with Zika (CSaZ) for which symptoms include microcephaly and a range of other fetal brain defects and developmental delays.1 Zika thus impacts the lives of women, men, girls, and boys throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region.

While reproductive, maternal, new-born, and child health (RMNCH) and Zika are often incorrectly described as women’s issues, we know that men and male partners play a key role. This gender brief highlights male partner engagement in antenatal care and Zika-related health care.

USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
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