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Men's health and illness: Key academic readings

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There is now an excellent academic literature on men's health and illness, the links between men's health and the social construction of masculinity, and related issues. Here, we have gathered some of the key academic overviews of this area.

CFP: Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health

Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health: Call for Papers/Submissions

We are soliciting manuscripts to be featured in a sponsored supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health focused on Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health. The goal of this supplement is to highlight and promote rigorous research on current issues of broad interest to health professionals who are focused on clinical care, public health, health policy, and preventive interventions in adolescent and young adult males.

Topics of special interest may include but are not limited to:

Building Male Involvement in SRHR: A basic model for Male Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (2012)

What are the best practices to promote men’s involvement in SRH while simultaneously promoting gender equality? Published by Sonke Gender Justice Network, this report argues that engaging men in SRH and gender equality can lead to better SRH outcomes for men and women, and prevent reinforcing male power over reproductive and sexual decision-making. A conceptual model that can be used for programming, monitoring and evaluation to engage men in SRH and gender equality including men as clients, partners and agents of positive change is provided.

Men, Masculinities and HIV/AIDS: Strategies for Action (2012)

The purpose of this paper is to provide practical guidance to policymakers and program managers on how to engage men and address harmful male norms in seven key areas of intervention in relation to HIV/AIDS: 1 Social and Behaviour Change in Men; 2 Violence against women; 3 Men, Sex Work and Transactional Sex; 4 Men, Substance abuse and HIV/AIDS; 5 Male Circumcision; 6 Men, VCT and Treatment; 7 Male Norms and the Caregiving for People Living with and Affected by HIV/AIDS.

Men's health around the world: A review of policy and progress across 11 countries (2009)

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In Spring 2009, the European Men's Health Forum (EMHF) published a worldwide review of male health policies and programs, seeking to evaluate the different approaches used in different countries to address the challenges of male health.

It is revealing to compare the different approaches used by governments across the world when addressing public health, especially in male health. Many governments still barely recognise that male health is even an issue.

EMERGE (Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality): Policy brief, practice brief, plus evidence review, tools and guides

The EMERGE (Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Gender Equality) project has produced a new policy briefing which makes the case for re-framing policy on gender equality in order to more productively factor in men and boys, and suggests actions and approaches that policy makers can take to do this. The briefing, along with an accompanying practice brief and a conceptual framing paper, is available here.
 

Review of Ireland's national men's health policy

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Ireland was the first country in the world to adopt a national men’s health policy (followed by Australia and Brazil). Given the relatively recent emergence of ‘men’s health’ as an important public health issue, the Irish government’s recognition of the need to address it at the strategic policy level was clearly a very far-sighted and significant step and has been widely recognised as such.

Men, gender, and HIV prevention - Articles by Erin Stern

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The following collection of articles is based on a narrative study conducted with 75 South African men and women to yield more nuanced, diverse and contextualised understandings of men’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in order to provide a basis for addressing the gendered aspects of HIV prevention. The narratives highlight the diversity and fluidity of men and women’s lived experiences while also demonstrating the range of social and cultural norms that structure sexuality and SRH.