EP Seminar ’Time to improve men’s health’ (EP, 19 March 2013)
The seminar hosted by Christel Schaldemose (S & D, DK) focused on men’s health as a vital public health issue. Health Commissioner Tonio Borg highlighted the importance of reducing health inequalities and explained how the Commission takes into account the gender dimension within its policies to improve men’s health. He stressed that prevention of diseases is much more cost effective than the cure.
The résumé of the event is available here
On 25 August 2011, the European Commission published a new Report entitled "The State of Men’s Health in Europe". The document gathers data from more than 30 European countries on men’s health status, particularities and specific needs related to specific diseases.
For more information see "The State of Men’s Health in Europe" - a new Commission publication.
Health Commissioner Tonio Borg highlighted the fact that there are huge inequalities within the European Union as regards health. And these inequalities are not based solely on economic development.
Key messages from the Health Commissioner
EPHA related articles
 In its briefing on health inequalities, EPHA highlighted that between EU member states, there is a five-fold difference in deaths of babies under one year of age, a 14-year gap in life expectancy at birth for men and an 8 year gap for women. Differences in life expectancy at birth between the lowest and highest socio-economic groups reaches ten years for men and six years for women. Although women tend to live longer than men, they also spend a longer proportion of their life in ill-health