A group of young Syrian mothers in a refugee gathering in Minnieh. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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While maternal health care and family planning for Lebanon's refugees continues to focus on the female population, health experts have proposed that their male counterparts be more involved in the conversation. This, panelists at a conference on maternal health held at the American University of Beirut Wednesday argued, would help contribute to reducing the risk of early marriage and adolescent pregnancy. During the discussion, speakers from the public health and humanitarian aid sectors pointed to improving access to, availability and awareness of quality health care, in order to improve maternal health among Lebanon's Syrian refugee population.While educating female Syrian refugees on the availability of health care and promoting understanding of issues surrounding maternal health and family planning is paramount, multiple speakers said men needed to be included in conversations to maximize support for mothers and children.
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