Ugandan love letters pull men to fetal heartbeats
Author(s)/Editor(s): Scheier R
Publisher/Organizer: Women's eNews
Publication date: December 2007
Published by Women's eNews, this article outlines a strategy being used by clinics in the Jinja district of Uganda to encourage men to be involved in the pre-natal care and reproductive health of their wives. When a woman visits a clinic alone, after her consultation she is given a brief letter for her husband, signed by the local district health director, which includes some basic information and a polite request to come to the clinic in person to discuss health matters, such as: HIV testing; what to expect during the delivery; and how to care for a pregnant woman. According to one man interviewed for the article, Moses Funga, this letter encouraged him to take the time to come to the clinic to find out what the couple could expect in the time leading up to the birth of their child.