Helen Henderson

Beliefs, understanding and access to male family planning methods in Timor-Leste

Supervisors:

Dr Meghan Bohren, Gender and Women's Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne

Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women's Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne

Dr Rui de Ara├║jo, Former Minister of Health, Former Prime Minister of Timor-Leste

Title of PhD:

Beliefs, understanding and access to male family planning methods in Timor-Leste

Abstract:

Male engagement is essential to improving the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of all people. This includes the availability and uptake of male family planning services.

Despite remarkable progress, Timor-Leste has some of the most critical SRH challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. Limited information is available about male family planning and service-uptake is low.

Participatory, qualitative research is being conducted about beliefs, understanding and access to male family planning methods in Timor-Leste. The aim is to inform policy and programmatic decision-making.

Bio:

Helen Henderson has been living and working in the Asia-Pacific region for the last nine years. She currently works for Marie Stopes Timor-Leste and is a first year PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Under the primary supervision of Dr. Meghan Bohren, Helen is using collaborative, participatory research methods to explore beliefs, understanding and access to male family planning methods in Timor-Leste.