Men’s health and masculinities in the Region of the Americas and the Caribbean has generated great interest due to the differences between the trends and trajectories of men’s and women’s health. These differences begin early and persist throughout the life course to advanced ages. Premature mortality globally and in the Region is an issue that disproportionately affects men. Life expectancy at birth for men in the Region is on average five years less than for women, and it is estimated that this gap will increase over the next 15 years.

In the Region, men bear an excess burden of disease and mortality caused by cancer, cardiovascular disease, road traffic accidents and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. Men are greatly and disproportionately affected by suicide. They are more likely than women to smoke, to drink alcohol excessively and to eat a poor diet. Men are less likely to seek help from services that often do not meet their needs. Men’s health issues are usually largely absent from health policies at all levels.

In the past decade, men’s health and masculinities has been formally recognized as a topic of significance and described through research from both sociological and medical perspectives. The way men and boys think about and project an image of themselves as men, and how they respond to gendered social norms and pressures, has been identified as an important part of the explanation for unhealthy behaviors and premature death.

Many of these issues are now well known. The key question is: what can be done? How can the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage be delivered if men are left behind? This high-level webinar, jointly hosted by the Global Action on Men’s Health, the Center of Men’s Health Equity at Georgetown University, and PAHO will bring together policymakers, Member States, health professionals and other NGOs, researchers, and advocates to discuss the state of men’s health and gender equal masculinities in the Region and, more importantly, to begin the process of identifying and then implementing effective ways to improve men’s health outcomes.

Co-Chairs: Carolina Hommes, Advisor Healthy Life Course Integrated Approach. Family, Health promotion and Life Course PAHO/WHO;  Prof Derek Griffith, Vice Chair, Global Action on Men’s Health. Founder and Director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity, Georgetown University; Jessie Schutt-Aine, Chief, Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity (EGC) PAHO/WHO


  • Welcome Remarks: Ms. Mary Lou Valdez, Deputy Director PAHO / WHO; Dr Anthony Brown, Chair, Global Action on Men’s Health, Adjunct Fellow at the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, Western Sydney University
  • Opening statement – the Minister of Health of Guyana
  • Men’s Health and masculinities in the Americas – Dr Benno de Keijzer Fokker, Instituto de Salud Pública, Universidad Veracruzana, México
  • Men’s Health and masculinities in the Caribbean – Dr Sonja Caffe, Regional Advisor on Adolescent’s Health PAHO/WHO
  • Lessons learned: (1) WHO Europe – Isabelle Yordi Aguirre WHO, Technical Officer, Gender and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe; (2) Ireland –Dr Noel Richardson, Director National Centre for Men’s Health, Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland
  • Open discussion: Next steps for the region. Moderated by: Prof Derek Griffith, GAMH, GU and Jessie Schutt-Aine, PAHO/WHO
  • Closing Remarks: Dr Enrique Vega PAHO/WHO, Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course

Register to attend the event here.

The local times for the webinar are:

Vancouver, Canada – 08:00 PDT
Los Angeles, USA – 08:00 PDT
Washington DC, USA – 11:00 EDT
London, United Kingdom – 16:00 BST
Copenhagen, Denmark  – 17:00 CEST
Johannesburg, South Africa – 17:00 SAST
Kathmandu, Nepal – 20:45 NPT
Manila, Philippines – 23:00 PHST
Sydney, Australia – Tue, 7 Jun 2022 at 01:00 AEST
Auckland, New Zealand – Tue, 7 Jun 2022 at 03:00 NZST




MONDAY 6 JUNE 2022, 16.00 UK 

Men’s mental health and wellbeing continues to be overlooked in policy and practice despite increasing evidence of men’s distress and its consequences, such as alcohol and drug misuse, gambling and other addictions, body image disorders, aggressive and violent behaviours as well as suicide. This webinar explored some key issues in male mental health and what needs to happen if progress is to be made. It will contribute to GAMH’s policy work on the issue, including a forthcoming report which will inform our advocacy programme.


  • Black men’s mental health – Professor Derek Griffith, Centre for Men’s Health Equity at Georgetown University (USA)
  • Men and trauma – Cody Ragonese, Senior Program Officer at Promundo-US
  • MindFit Toolkit and digital resources – TC Carling, President and CEO, Canadian Men’s Health Foundation
  • Discussion – next steps in policy and practice

The webinar was chaired by Steve Robertson, Emeritus Professor of Men, Gender and Health at Leeds Beckett University (UK) and Editor, International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

This GAMH webinar was supported by the Center for Men’s Health Equity at Georgetown University (USA), Promundo-US, Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, and the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.




Too many men are still dying far too young. But we now know what needs to be done. This webinar highlighted programmes and projects that have successfully engaged men and improved their health outcomes. It demonstrated how the ideas and tips in Global Action on Men’s Health’s Delivering Men’s Health report can be put into practice.

This event was organised by Global Action on Men’s Health and its official journal, the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.


  • Welcome – Anthony Brown, GAMH and webinar chair
  • Delivering Men’s Health – Peter Baker, GAMH Director
  • Men’s Health Promotion in Waiting Rooms – Michael Whitehead, Men’s Health Clinical Nurse Consultant, St. Vincent’s Hospitals in Sydney, Australia
  • Counselling with Men in Mind: Understanding and Responding to Men’s Distress and Suicidality – Zac Seidler, Clinical Psychologist, the Director of Mental Health Training at Movember and a Senior Research Fellow with Orygen at The University of Melbourne. Australia
  • ScreenMen: Empowering Men to Screen – Chin Hai Teo, UM eHealth Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya
  • Addressing Men’s Health in the Western Pacific Region – Kira Fortune, Coordinator of the Unit on Social Determinants of Health and Violence and Injury Prevention at the regional WHO office of the Western Pacific
  • Discussion

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. Abstracts of the webinar presentations are here.




The COVID-19 pandemic has made very clear the need for an urgent and comprehensive men’s health policy response.

This webinar shared information about progress on men’s health policymaking around the world and about how the case can be made for its further development.

There were presentations on national men’s health policies, local men’s health policies, how men’s health has been incorporated into other health policies, and current campaigns for men’s health policies, followed by a discussion.

GAMH’s latest report, Delivering Men’s Health: A Guide for Policymakers and Service Providers, was also launched at the webinar.

This event was organised by Global Action on Men’s Health and its official journal, the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.


  • Welcome – Anthony Brown, GAMH and webinar chair
  • The case for men’s health policies and opportunities for and barriers to progress – Peter Baker, GAMH Director
  • Regional policy: The European Men’s Health Strategy – Alan White, Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University
  • National policy: The Australian Men’s Health Policy – John Macdonald, Emeritus Professor and Foundation Chair in Primary Health Care at the Western Sydney University; former Director of the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre 
  • Local policy: The Quebec Men’s Health and Wellbeing Action Plan– Philippe Roy, Professor of Social Work, University of  Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Men’s health in other policies: Denmark’s policy on fathers’ mental health – Svend Aage Madsen, Director, Men’s Health Society Denmark
  • Current campaigns for men’s health policies: Germany – Doris Bardehle, Men’s Health Foundation Germany
  • Discussion

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. Abstracts of the webinar presentations are here.


Other GAMH webinars are also available to view:

Men’s Health Week (29 April 2021)

From the Margins to the Mainstream (17 June 2020)

From the Margins to the Mainstream  (1 July 2020)

3 May 2022