Johns Hopkins University


Université Du Québec à Montréal
Department of Demography, Obafemi Awolowo University, NIgeria
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

IUSSP Secretariat

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Council Liaison

Aksha Centre for Equity and Wellbeing

The IUSSP Panel on couples’ reproductive health and fertility has an important role to play because the population and public health communities generally have too often ignored the couple context of reproductive health.  Including the male partner in reproductive health efforts could contribute to a reduction in the large unmet need for contraception in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, could help narrow the gap in desired family size between spouses, could reduce transmission of HIV and other STIs, and could help further reduce infant, child and even maternal mortality. This panel aims to stimulate further research and public policy interest in a couple’s approach to reproductive health including fertility.

Programme of activities


Debate: "In a world with equity of sexual and reproductive rights for men and women, there would be about the same number or more vasectomies as tubal ligations." Yes or no?
Zoom,  24 May 2022


Debate: If the wife says that she wants no more births, but the husband does want another birth, can one necessarily say that her subsequent pregnancy is unwanted? Yes or no?
Zoom, 8 November 2021


Debate: Should FP programs in patriarchal societies use limited funds to further empower women or to involve men?
Zoom webinar, 1 June 2021

Online working session on Programmatic Interventions in Reproductive Health Involving Men or Couples
Zoom, Tuesday 10 November 2020, 15:00-16:30 UTC

IUSSP online ZOOM Session on "Research and Programs on Couples and Reproductive Health” (in replacement for the cancelled preconference workshop at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America).
ZOOM, 5 May 2020 - 15:00-16:35 GMT


Session at the African Population Conference organized by UAPS

Entebbe, Uganda, 18-22 November 2019