One in five men in the Americas die before they reach age 50.
That’s according to a new report from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO.
The Masculinities and Health in the Americas report was launched yesterday on the eve of International Men’s Day.
It found that society expects men to be providers, to engage in risk-seeking behaviours, to be sexually dominant, and to avoid discussing their emotions.
And, according to the study, such behaviour patterns, commonly referred to as ‘toxic masculinity’ contribute to higher rates of suicide, homicide, and chronic non-communicable diseases among men.
It says women live almost six years longer than men, in the region.
PAHO says the discrimination around age, ethnicity, poverty, employment status and sexuality, further compound the negative health outcomes for men.
It says the mortality rate of young males is four to seven times higher than that of young women, in the Americas.
It also found that from age 50, chronic noncommunicable diseases begin to disproportionately affect men, in the Americas.
PAHO says these men are less likely to engage in self-care or seek medical attention early.
And, it says while there are 105 boys born to every 100 girls, this number starts to invert between the ages of 30 and 40.
PAHO says by age 80, there are 190 women for every 100 men.
In the meantime, as countries around the globe observe International Men’s Day today, Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says this year’s focus is on the whole man.
While acknowledging the sacrifices men make for family and country, the Gender Minister says there is a balance that must be achieved.
The Gender Minister says her ministry will today launch targeted interventions to address some of the health and wellness issues that men face every day.
Ms Grange also announced the start of two new initiatives.
Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, speaking in a pre-recorded audio clip that was released to the media yesterday.