Globally, men die five years earlier than women and are 50% more likely to die between the ages of 15 and 60. In countries classified as ‘least developed’ and ‘less developed’ by the United Nations, adult mortality fell faster among women than among men between 1992 and 2012. In every part of the world, men’s health outcomes are substantially worse than women’s, yet this inequality has received little national, regional or global attention from health policymakers or healthcare providers.
Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH) was launched at the start of Men's Health Week 2014 to address this inequality. GAMH is working to:
- Encourage the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies involved in public health to develop research, policies and strategies on men’s health
- Urge individual states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to implement measures to tackle men’s health problems
- Provide guidance on how to take effective action on men’s health
- Focus primarily on public health and the social determinants of health
GAMH will act as a focal point for a new network of men’s health and other organisations around the world that support its aims and objectives and is backed by eight organisations based on four continents:
- Australian Men’s Health Forum
- Canadian Men’s Health Foundation
- Danish Men’s Health Society
- European Men’s Health Forum
- Men’s Health Forum (that's us!)
- Men’s Health Forum in Ireland
- Prostate Conditions Education Council/Men’s Health Alliance (USA)
- Sonke Gender Justice (South Africa)
GAMH and its members fully support initiatives to improve women’s health and do not believe that resources currently allocated to women’s health should be transferred to men’s health.
Organisations and individuals are encouraged to join GAMH. The fee for individual members is £40.00 (which covers membership for four years).