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Case Studies | July 10, 2012

Getting to Zero

Diverse Methods for Male Involvement in HIV Care and Treatment

The ambitious UNAIDS goal of “Getting to Zero” cannot be achieved by reaching only half of the population; prevention and treatment must reach both sides of the equation – men and women – to get to zero. Increasing men’s involvement in caring for their own health and that of their families requires creative solutions. Catholic Relief Services has been increasing awareness about the need for men’s involvement and deliberate in its efforts to attract and retain men in its programs.

This case study documents strategies for increasing male involvement in HIV care and treatment. Strategies, employed in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria, included conducting a gender analysis of the program, promoting support groups for men, strengthening couples’-based interventions, and involving men in antenatal care and PMTCT services.