The All-Russia Society for men’s health took another step forward at the third All-Russia Conference on Men’s Health in Moscow towards the end of last year.
Supported by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Science and the Russian Academy of Medical Science, and numerous specialized public medical organizations and associations, the conference welcomed Professor Siegfried Meryn, President of the International Society for Men’s Health & Gender (ISMH) as the guest of honor.
A total of 3,000 delegates from the majority of regions of Russia and the CIS and ex-USSR countries have now participated in the three conferences, the previous of which were held in 2003 and 2005. As with the previous events, this was a truly interdisciplinary affair, with urologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists, neurologists, oncologists, psychiatrists, sexologists, general practitioners and other medical specialists invited.
A programme of the activities for the new All-Russia Society for Men’s Health was unanimously accepted. Professor AA Kamalov was elected president. An interdisciplinary Advisory Board will consist of the leading experts in this area. Professor Siegfried Meryn invited members of the new Russian partner organization to take part in the proceedings of of the ISMH and invited Professor Kamalov to join the editorial board of the International Journal for Men’s Health and Gender.
‘Men’s health is considered one of the urgent issues in Russia, both from medical and social viewpoints,’ said Professor Kamalov. ‘Unfortunately, one has to accept that the life expectancy of men in Russia has been steadily reducing to currently range from 57 to 58 years. For the last four decades, the mortality rate among men of the working age has been growing. This results from an annual increase in men’s morbidity, spread of bad habits like smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction as well as from pollution of the environment.’