Male participation in improving maternal and newborn health: A community based intervention in Myanmar

This project focused on increasing men’s knowledge of Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health and the various ways they can support the health of their partners and children.

Men were encouraged to attend antenatal care, antenatal clinics were made more male-friendly, and health workers given the skills and confidence to engage with men effectively.

To achieve these outcomes, Burnet used interventions tested in other development contexts, but not trialled in Myanmar so far.

The objectives were:

  • To improve the knowledge of men on sexual and reproductive health issues
  • To increase men and women’s health seeking behaviour for antenatal (including PPTCT), delivery and postpartum/postnatal care.
  • To improve facility-based health services in sexual and reproductive health.
  • To create strong public-private partnerships for better maternal and child health.


July 2012 to June 2013.


Burma Maternal and Child Welfare Association, Burma Red Cross, private sector workplaces, township health authorities.


AusAID NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) Innovations Fund

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Liz Comrie-Thomson

Women's and Children's Health Specialist