De in Brussel gevestigde non-proffit organisatie EMHF onderneemt tal van initiatieven voor het bevorderen van de gezondheid van mannen en jongens op Europees niveau. De algemene missie van EMHF sluit zodoende nauw aan bij het jaarthema van IMD in 2012: Mannen en Jongens helpen langer, gezonder en gelukkiger te leven. EMHF is een goed gepositioneerde referentie om de Internationale MannenDag 2012 mee te ondersteunen.
EMHF - a non-proffit organisation based in Brussels - takes and supports a variety of initiatives to improve male and boys health on an European level. As such EMHF's mission is closely related to the IMD 2012 Theme: Helping men and boys to live longer, happier and healthier lives. EMHF is a well positioned organization to support 2012 International Mens Day.
From the EMHF website www.emhf.org
EMHF is the only European organisation dedicated to the improvement of men’s health in all its aspects, and a platform for the collaboration of a wide range of stakeholder groups in Europe. The European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) presents a new and major opportunity for a wide range of organisations and individuals to work together to raise the profile of men’s health at a Europe-wide level and within individual countries.
EMHF has been initiated by the Men’s Health Forum, the leading advocate of men’s health in England and Wales, with the support and collaboration of partners who share its aim of tackling the poor state of male health across all the countries of Europe.
EMHF is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit-making organisation. It is a membership
association headed by an elected Board of Directors which represents the diverse range of Europe-wide and national organisations with an interest in men’s health issues. The day-to-day work of the organisation is carried out a Secretariat headed by a Director (currently Dr. Ian Banks).
Quotes from the response to the EU report 'The State of Men’s Health In Europe' ( EMHF response as a PDF - 6Mb):
"A better understanding of the health of men is essential for two main reasons. The first relates to the need for our male population to be as fit and able as possible. The second is tied to the fundamental values of equality and equity, as we are seeing many men whose lives are blighted through a collective lack of awareness and action on the problems they are facing. This has a huge impact not only on men themselves, but also their families and the wider society."
Putting the spotlight on men and men’s health: "We need to acknowledge that currently we
are losing a significant proportion of our working age men through premature mortality. This
affects not only our industry and commerce, but also can alter the social and financial positions of families. The marked effect of poor socio-economic conditions on the health of men means not just an issue of gender equality, but a more fundamental equity concern, which relates to the right of all men to be able to live a long and fulfilling life."