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.

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;

MENS CANCERS

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.

MENTAL HEALTH

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.

GBV PREVENTION

Men are main perpetrators of Gender Based Violence with various contributors aligned to  men’s inability to address toxic masculinity.  We work to have men hold their peers accountable to a set of values that prescribes the Modern Gentleman.

PROSTATE CANCER

Applying Global Best Practice in charity, setting the benchmark within South Africa, facing 3rd World Country challenges. The Men’s Foundation recognises the opportunity of working with global knowledge and insights, adapted to our unique landscape and challenges applied through local NGO’s, to provide fixed term sustainable programmes surrounding prostate and testicular cancer, mental health issues and the impact of physical inactivity and facing the South African male population.

Men’s Health in South Africa requires prioritization.  

While there’s a lot of progress and achievement since the advent of democracy in providing basic Health services, the Health sector, clearly defined between the previously historically disadvantaged, government has made it clear that the focus on woman and children remains a key objective, leaving alo to be desired for South African Men, who are left to rely on the private and NGO sector.

South African men who are able to secure private health care at a premium vs the public health care system, that accommodates 80% of the population, which continues to place increased pressure and demands in Government Health spending, of which woman and children have been mandated to receive the majority focus and public sector investment. South Africa requires outcome based focused health programmes to ensure maximum return on funders investment, using the global best practice and benchmark under the guidance of the Movember Foundation.

Influenced by best practice charity, applying ‘first world’ learnings, adapted to overcome third world challenges for the local landscape, there remains a need to expand on local programme investment achieved from funds generated through the annual Movember campaign in order to effectively address the health challenges facing South African men.