South African men are facing a crisis!
With a 7 year lower life expectancy than South African women, ranking 167th out of 193 countries, coupled with the high rate of GBVH and Femicide, South African men’s health seeking behaviors coupled with patriarchal mindsets requires intervention.
Through the knowledge acquired from launching and managing Movember since inception in South Africa, The Men’s Foundation was established in 2015 by Movember Country Manager, Garron Gsell under the guidance of the exclusive license to continue managing the annual Movember campaign in South Africa until 2021.
We collaborate globally and locally to advocate in order to positively influence the average life expectancy of South African men by creating awareness and raising funds through partners and campaigns in order to develop, pilot and manage groundbreaking programs within corporates and communities to create impact and bring about Change.
Applying Global Best Practice in Charity, setting the benchmark within South Africa’s developing country challenges with men’s heath, adapted to our unique landscape.
We look at these issues through a male lens in our areas of focus which includes;
The Cost of Cancer research published in 2021, conducted by the Cancer Alliance and co-funded by the Men’s Foundation highlights that Prostate Cancer will surpass all other forms of cancer by 2023 in South Africa, with an 140% increase in cases by 2030.
Prostate Cancer is the leading cancer effecting South African men, with an 1 in 16 lifetime risk based on the National Cancer Registry (NCR) 2017 figures.
African men are over 2 times more likely to develop prostate cancer and more aggressive forms of the disease.
Testicular Cancer cases have doubled over the past 10 years – known as the young man’s disease, reports of men in their 30’s and 40’s are being diagnosed.
Statistics indicate that 4 of every 5 suicides are men, with approx. 18 men taking their lives each day. We’re starting conversations and getting men to remove the stigmas and barriers to seek help and start a conversation.