Perceptions of healthcare workers on men’s sexual and reproductive health services utilization in Kwazulu-Natal

Mpumelelo M. Nyalela, Thembelihle T.P. Dlungwane

Abstract

Healthcare workers have crafted and implemented several health policies and programs to attract men, but men still struggle to access SRH services. This study explored healthcare workers’ perceptions and views about the determinants of men’s sexual and reproductive health service utilization. This qualitative study employed a purposive sampling technique to select healthcare workers in urology clinics and those managing men diagnosed with SRH conditions outside urology clinics. Data were analyzed thematically. HCWs highlighted men’s lack of awareness due to inadequate community education and health campaigns, staff shortage, the unavailability of medicines and medical supplies, health system incapacity, personal factors, and cultural norms and beliefs as hindrances in using SRH services. Health policymakers and relevant stakeholders need to pay attention to the SRH needs of men. The ongoing awareness campaigns about the importance of SRH service utilization, including additional male nurses, can encourage men to engage more with such services. (Afr J Reprod Health 2024; 28 [4]: 50-59).

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