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A NEW strategy on the health and wellbeing of men has been launched this week in Rome at the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) regional committee for Europe.
The WHO says the strategy seeks to engage men in accessing services through gender-sensitive approaches. Its objectives are to:
- reduce premature mortality among men from non-communicable diseases and unintentional and intentional injuries
- reduce inequalities in physical and mental health and wellbeing between men of all ages across the region and within countries
- improve gender equality by engaging men in self-care, fatherhood, unpaid care, violence prevention, and sexual and reproductive health.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has made a range of contributions on the issue of men’s health.
A report published by the WHO this week - The health and wellbeing of men in the WHO European Region: better health through a gender approach - acknowledges that in 2009, Ireland emerged as the first country in the world to publish a national men’s health policy.
In 2005, IPH responded to a consultation on the policy. Our response focused on how inequality impacts the lives of men in Ireland, and how, as a consequence, ways to combat inequalities need to be at the centre of a health strategy for men. IPH was a member of steering committee and a lead partner in the development of the strategy up to 2013, and also contributed to the new action plan 'Healthy Ireland - Men 2017-2021'.
IPH is also a member of the all-island Men’s Health Forum, and also contributed to presentations at the National Men’s Health Conference in 2016. Further information on IPH’s work in this area can be found here.
Further information about men’s health can be found here;