The health and well-being of men in the WHO European Region: better health through a gender approach
For this report, by The WHO Regional Office for Europe, UCL IHE's Senior Avisor, Professor Peter Goldblatt, contributed and provided inputs throughout.
Although declining, high levels of premature mortality among men in some countries of the WHO European Region and gaps between men within countries require specific attention.
A growing evidence base on the effectiveness of gender-responsive approaches to men’s health, and on the positive health impact gender equality policy has on men, need to be considered in relation to improving the health of men and women.
Building on the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda and Health 2020, and the interconnected nature of Sustainable Development Goals 3, 5 and 10, a strategy on the health and well-being of men in the WHO European Region will be considered by the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September 2018.
This report provides a background to the strategy and presents a snapshot of the evidence of the health issues men face and the underlying social determinants of health. It takes a special focus on the impact of gender norms and stereotypes on health while also looking at gender-responsive health system approaches for men’s health, and the health impacts of gender equality policy and engagement of men in achieving gender equality goals.