GLOBAL ACTION ON MEN’S HEALTH

Hiding in Plain Sight

GAMH’s latest report, Hiding in Plain Sight: Men’s Health and the Response of Global Organisations, has been published for International Men’s Health Week 2018. It is being sent to a range of global organisations with a request that they take action on men’s health and an offer of advice and support from GAMH.

The report’s key messages include:

  • Men’s health is problematic at the national and global levels.
  • There has been a marked lack of action on men’s health by the world’s most influential global health institutions
  • There are some encouraging signs of progress, including the forthcoming WHO-Europe men’s health strategy and national men’s health policies in four countries.
  • Sustained and effective action on men’s health would improve outcomes for men themselves, women and children and represent a cost-effective investment for health systems.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals have created a new opportunity to address men’s health because many of the key health issues included in the health targets disproportionately impact on men.
  • A comprehensive range of actions is now needed from global health organisations, including assessing the needs of men in the communities they serve or with respect to the issues they address, defining gender appropriately in their policies and programmes, disaggregating their programme data by sex, recognising that interventions that take account of gender differences are likely to achieve better outcomes and committing themselves to actions that benefit both men and women and contribute to gender equality.

4 June 2018