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National Men's Health Action Plan [Healthy Ireland - Men HI-M (2017-2021)]


Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI)

Subject Keywords: Men's health, Gender-specific strategy, Life expectancy, Mortality, Health inequalities, Community engagement, Sustainability, Partnership, Capacity building
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Policy
Region: Republic of Ireland

Ireland became the first country in the world to publish a National Men’s Health Policy [NMHP] in 2009 and has been to the forefront, internationally, in advancing men’s health at a research, policy and advocacy level. Underpinning its approach to men’s health policy development and implementation has been an explicit focus on gender-specific strategies related to community engagement, capacity building, partnership and sustainability. Much of the work to date has revolved around excellent partnerships between the statutory, community/voluntary and academic sectors, resulting in a strong evidence base.  Although ostensibly a men’s ‘health’ policy, the Policy has had an explicit focus on mainstreaming men’s health across a broad spectrum of policy areas (within and outside of health) and contributing to more effective implementation of other policy areas.

There remains a strong rationale for maintaining a specific focus on men’s health. This is grounded in: continued sex differences in life expectancy and mortality; health inequalities between different sub-populations of men; a substantial body of evidence supporting a gender-specific approach; and the imperative to build on the momentum and key milestones achieved in men’s health over the past ten years. The New Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty provides a mandate for maintaining a policy focus on men affected by marginalisation (e.g. Traveller men, ethnic minority men and gay men).




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Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI). (2016) National Men's Health Action Plan [Healthy Ireland - Men HI-M (2017-2021)] [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd October 2019].


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