Study calls for focus on men's health

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and an annual HIV test are the only regular health services recommended for men in Malawi, while women of childbearing age are advised to visit clinics dozens of times a year for family planning, maternal health, and other services, a study has found. An analysis of the study, originally published in The Conversation Africa, notes that the unintended consequences of focusing preventive health care on women can detract from gender equality for women as well as men’s health. They recommend revising health service guidelines to reduce the time burden placed on women and to include a focus on men’s health (AllAfrica, 19 February 2019).