Increasing Service Use by Men through Male-Only Days

As part of Reproductive Health Uganda’s (RHU) strategy to involve men as service users, every Saturday is designated to give special attention to men who visit the clinic. On this day, two service providers, one male and one female, are positioned in two different service-provision rooms to attend to men as fast as possible without making male clients wait for a long time. The day is advertised on radio stations, and most men now know that Saturday is their day.

A range of reproductive health services are provided to men on Saturdays, including voluntary HIV counselling

and testing, safe male circumcision, family planning sensitization campaigns targeting men, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, general sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) consultation and counselling services. We have seen that designating a day to target men increases men’s service usage.

by Tumuhamye Nathan Kipande