Masculinities and Men’s Health in the Caribbean
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This document presents an analysis of masculinities and men’s health in the Caribbean, based on literature review, analysis of epidemiological data, and stakeholder interviews. The literature review elaborates on historical and sociological developments in the Caribbean, including slavery, colonialism, and multicultural population dynamics, which influenced the shaping of Caribbean masculinities. The data analysis highlights the excess mortality and morbidity of Caribbean males across the life course in comparison with their female counterparts, in particular due to external causes such as violence and injuries and other preventable causes such as cancers and noncommunicable diseases. The limited engagement of males with health promotion and care, and the lack of holistic men’s health approaches and programs contributes to the burden of male mortality, morbidity and risk factors. The analysis presented in this report underlines the need for increased investment in effective approaches to foster positive masculinities and address the health needs of males of all ages in the Caribbean.
Pan American Health Organization. Masculinities and Men’s Health in the Caribbean. Washington, D.C.: PAHO; 2023. Available from: https://doi.org/10.37774/9789275127650.
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