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Engaging men in health: insights from an exploratory study on tuberculosis prevention in Malawi

20 November 2013
12:30 - 13:30

Presenter: Dr Jeremiah Chikovore, Senior Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council, Durban

Date: 20 November 2013

Time: 12:15 for 12:30 – 13:30

Although women already have a higher life expectancy than men, they have been the main focus of recent global health initiatives, a scenario that may now account for the widening mortality gap especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Mortality differences between women and men in part reflect the latter’s engagement in riskier behaviour as well as suboptimal utilisation of health care. Delayed health seeking, including for HIV and tuberculosis (TB), in particular contributes to high mortality once HIV and TB are diagnosed, and also means that men contribute disproportionately to TB transmission at community level before diagnosis. As interest in men’s health on the continent gains momentum, we reflect on some of the issues that affect men’s engagement with their health, and on components of an emerging framework for working with men. Observations from an empirical study in Blantyre, Malawi, are primarily referred to.

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This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.  

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

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