Patriarchy, economic consideration and religiosity: qualitative experiences of men’s participation in maternal health, Lagos, Nigeria

Samuel Adejoh, University of Lagos
Olatunji Olaosebikan, University of Lagos

This study investigates the influence of patriarchy, economic consideration and religiosity on men’s participation in maternal health. The study adopted a non-experimental design and in-depth interview was used to collect data from forty men in two selected locations in Lagos State, Nigeria. Findings showed that the interplay between patriarchy, polygyny, economic and religious factors influence disposition of men towards participation in maternal health. In addition, the needs to meet family responsibilities and involvement in religious activities influence men’s participation in maternal health. A massive multi-level sensitization programmes aimed at enlightening men on the importance of participating in maternal health is recommended. Key words: Maternal health, participation, polygyny, men, Lagos

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Presented in Poster Session 3