Men’s health: the case for global action

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Men’s health has for too long been a problem hiding in plain sight at both the global and national levels. Men’s poor outcomes, not least in terms of premature mortality, are obvious but have not been addressed effectively by either policymakers or practitioners. There are now, at last, some signs of change – but are they enough to make a difference?

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Public Health England: It’s time to tackle men’s health

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Life expectancy at birth in England remains significantly higher for females than males. In 2013-15, female life expectancy was 3.6 years higher than male life expectancy, according to new data on health inequalities published this month by Public Health England (PHE). Deprivation has a particular impact on male life expectancy: in 2013-15, men living in the most deprived areas lived 9.2 years fewer than men in the least deprived areas; the equivalent figure for women was 7.1 years.

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Men’s Health Week 2017: Tackling a global issue

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Men’s Health Week 2017 kicks off very soon (on 12 June) and is a fantastic opportunity for men’s health organisations around the world both to engage men and to make the case for systematic action to tackle the many problems they still face. Read the rest of this entry »

Men back self-care

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The idea that, when it comes to health, men are reckless or clueless fools is a simplistic caricature that has been blown away, hopefully once and for all, by a new very large multinational survey commissioned by Sanofi Consumer Health Care.  Read the rest of this entry »

Men’s Health Week 2016: Putting Men and Boys on the Map

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The second Men’s Health Week in the U.K. was launched in London in 2003 in a venue that will seem strange to many U.S. readers—a betting shop. This was chosen not because the organisers, the Men’s Health Forum (the charity I was CEO of at the time), wanted to encourage men to gamble away their hard-earned money. Rather, we wanted to launch the Week in a place where many men feel comfortable and where we could reach them with health messages they might not otherwise see. Read the rest of this entry »

Leave No Man Behind

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Many health outcomes indicators are worse for men than women but men’s health is often overlooked by global and national health organizations. In this blog, I argue that there is a strong ethical, economic and social case for new approaches that address the needs of men and justify their inclusion in the dialogue about the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Men’s Health: A Global Problem Hiding in Plain Sight

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Men’s health is surely one of the most significant public health problems to have been largely overlooked by policymakers and practitioners. This is despite the clear evidence of poor outcomes for men. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s men’s health got to do with International Women’s Day

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

What has men’s health got to do with International Women’s Day? An event which celebrates women might seem an odd time to mention an issue affecting the half of the population that, for the most part, has blocked and continues to block gender parity. Read the rest of this entry »

Men’s health: It’s time to act

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

It’s time men demanded action from their governments and health services to tackle the big problems with men’s health. We can no longer hope that politicians and doctors will, on their own, do what is needed.  Quite simply, they must be persuaded, prodded and pushed. Read the rest of this entry »

What gravestones can tell us about global men’s health

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

I’ve been working as an advocate in the men’s health field for over 20 years but there are still moments when the significance of what I’m trying to do strikes me in a new and different way. About six months ago, when I was walking through the cemetery near my home in Brighton, on England’s south coast, I started to notice the inscriptions on the headstones of couples who had been interred side-by-side. Read the rest of this entry »