Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH) was established in 2013 and launched during International Men’s Health Week in June 2014. It is a collaborative project that brings together men’s health organisations, and others which share their objectives, in a new global network.
GAMH’s mission is to create a world where all men and boys have the opportunity to achieve the best possible health and wellbeing wherever they live and whatever their backgrounds.
Far too many men and boys suffer from health and wellbeing problems that can be prevented. Globally, male life expectancy at birth is just 67.5 years but poor male health is not recognised or tackled by global health organisations or most national governments.
GAMH wants to see:
- Global health organisations and national governments address the health and wellbeing needs of men and boys in all relevant policies
- Men and boys encouraged and supported to take better care of their own health as well as the health of their partners and children
- Health practitioners take greater account of the specific needs of men and boys in service delivery, health promotion and clinical practice
- Other agencies and organisations, such as schools and workplaces, helped to be more aware of their significant impact on the health of men and boys
- Sustained multi-disciplinary research into the health of men and boys
- An approach to health that fully recognises the needs of both sexes in policy, practice and funding and which promotes greater gender equality.
GAMH opposes any activity on men’s health that might adversely affect women’s health, for example by reallocating funding.
GAMH has a distinct contribution to make because:
- It uniquely represents a wide range of men’s health and related organisations each of which has experience of policy development, advocacy, research and service delivery
- It is concerned about a broad and cross-cutting range of men’s health issues (e.g. health literacy, risk-taking behaviours, use of services, etc.)
- Its focus is primarily on public health and the social determinants of health
- It has a strengths-based view of men and boys – this acknowledges men’s unique contribution to all forms of social and human endeavour – and also believes that men should be held accountable for unacceptable behaviours, including gender-based violence.
- It is committed to working in partnership with other organisations, not in competition with them
- It supports an approach to health that takes full account of sex and gender in order to improve the health of both men and women. GAMH does not believe that resources currently allocated to women’s health should be transferred to men’s health.
- Encourage the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies involved in public health to develop research, policies and strategies on men’s health
- Urge individual states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to implement measures to tackle men’s health problems
- Provide guidance on how to take effective action on men’s health
- Bring together men’s health organisations, and others which share their objectives, in a new global network.
GAMH is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) which is elected annually by and from its full members. The EC has five members, currently:
Australian Men’s Health Forum (Anthony Brown)
Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (Wayne Hartrick)
Men’s Health Forum (Great Britain) (Martin Tod)
Men’s Health Network (USA) (Ana Fadich)
Prostate Conditions Education Council/Men’s Health Education Council (USA) (Wendy Poage)
More information about all GAMH’s current members can be found here.
The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually by the EC. The current Chair is Anthony Brown from the Australian Men’s Health Forum and the Vice Chair is Wendy Poage from the Prostate Conditions Education Council/Men’s Health Education Council (USA). The Treasurer is Martin Tod from the Men’s Health Forum (Great Britain).
GAMH’s work is managed by Peter Baker.
In 2016, GAMH’s priorities are to develop its global membership base, to secure funding to support its future development, and to continue to build its profile with global health institutions.
GAMH has adopted an ethical policy that governs its relationships with partner organisations, funders and other stakeholders.
GAMH welcomes the support of organisations and individuals that agree with our values and goals. Information about membership is available here.
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