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The WHO Bulletin has published an important perspectives article which makes a strong and compelling case for men to be included in the global health equity agenda.

In most parts of the world, says the article, ‘health outcomes among men and boys continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women, yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or health-care providers’.

The article argues that ‘including both women and men in efforts to reduce gender inequalities in health as part of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda would improve everyone’s health and well-being …. Given the robust evidence of a “men’s health gap” and the emerging evidence on how to close it, the next step is to move the issue higher up on the agenda of national governments and global health institutions without diminishing efforts to improve women’s health.’

EMHF President, Ian Banks, is one of the article’s co-authors. The other co-authors are: Peter Baker, Director, Global Action on Men’s Health; Shari Dworkin, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco; Sengfah Tong, Department of Family Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Tim Shand, Sonke Gender Justice, Cape Town; and Gavin Yamey, Evidence to Policy initiative (E2Pi), Global Health Group, University of California.



International Men’s Health Week 2014 started on 9 June and will be marked by events and initiatives in Europe as well as in the USA, Canada and New Zealand.

To find out what is happening around the world, take a look at the following sites:

Canadian Men’s Health Foundation

Men’s Health Forum (England/Wales)

Men’s Health Forum Ireland

Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre (Australia)

Men’s Health Network (USA)

Men’s Health Society (Denmark)

Men’s Health Trust New Zealand

Global Action on Men’s Health, of which EMHF is a founder member, was launched on 9 June.

Men’s Health Forum Scotland is also hosting its annual 10k Run for men in Glasgow on the last day of the Week (15 June). More information about the Run is available here.