An excellent Men’s Health Week took place 14-20 June 2004. The annual event went international last year.
There were successful weeks in the USA (menshealthweek.org) and Australia (menshealthweekaustralia.org).
Here in Europe, the Men’s Health Forum who coordinate the week in England and Wales reported the greatest interest yet in the best week yet resulting in major press coverage. The theme was men and cancer. More information on the Men’s Health Forum website.
Ireland also ran a week with many local events.
In Hungary the week began with introductory scientific conference the Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, where the Hungarian Health Minister and other prominent professional and political figures inculidng the USA ambassador to Hungary were to participate. The Hungarian Association of Healthy Cities were also planning vocational and popular programmes, together with games and sport events in several cities.
In Denmark, the opening convention was to be headed by the Chief Medical Officer Jens Kristian Gøtrik of The Danish Health Board. A leaflet on men’s health produced by the National Health Board was to be launched. There activities at the Town Hall Square of Copenhagen in collaboration with The Health and Care Committee of the City Council of Copenhagen including free health check-ups for men. At the end of the week, the first Danish scientific Conference on Men’s Health was scheduled to take place place at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet. Among the invited speakers were Ian Banks, President of European Men’s Health Forum. During the week there were also to be radio and TV programmes on men’s health and a presentation to an individual who had worked with men in crisis.
Switzerland hopes to add its name to the list at the beginning of next year for when a men’s health event is being planned.