This article was originally published on Health-E News on 14 April 2021, by Ndivhuwo Mukwevho.
In South Africa, Tuberculosis (TB) affects more men than women. The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation has called for the consideration of men’s voices when designing treatment and prevention programmes.
The current ‘one-size-fits all approach’ is not working to adequately fight the TB epidemic, the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation said. Instead, interventions need to do more to include the voices of men, and challenge masculine tropes that create barriers to holistic treatment.
Speaking during a webinar organised by the International Aids Society (IAS) on Tuesday, Andrew Medina-Marino of the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation said men need to be empowered to challenge unhealthy masculinity norms that impact their health.