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Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme 2022

The Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) programme is led by the Community Development and Health Network and funded by the Health and Social Care Board, with strategic direction provided by a multi-agency Steering Group.  BCPP supports communities and community pharmacists to work in partnership to address locally defined needs, so that people make connections, listen to and understand each other better, and work together to address the social determinants of health and health inequalities.  Applications for the next round of funding (Level 2 projects) will close on the 17th of November 2022.  See: https://www.cdhn.org/bcpp

Male Attitudes Towards Infertility

Infertility is a global disease that affects approximately 15% of reproductive age couples.  Males represent 40% of the diagnosable causes.  Remarkably, no large or multi-national population data exists regarding men’s perceptions about their infertility.  The purpose of this study was to advance knowledge about the infertile male’s social experience regarding: (i) how they feel about infertility; (ii) what motivated them to seek health care; (iii) how likely are they to talk with others about it; (iv) their awareness of male infertility support groups; and (v) what their primary source for information is regarding male infertility.  Read more at: https://wjmh.org/DOIx.php?id=10.5534/wjmh.220099

Men Building Intimate Partner Relationships

Intimate partner relationships can promote men’s wellbeing and their partners’ and families’ health.  That said, the most common stories we hear are of men's distressed and/or disrupted partnerships (e.g. separation and divorce).  That is why the University of British Columbia’s Men’s Health Research Program wants to talk to men worldwide about how they build and sustain equitable intimate partner relationships.  The Men Building Intimate Partner Relationships (MBIPR) project is recruiting participants who: self-identify as a man; are aged between 19-44 years old; have / previously had an intimate partner relationship; and speak English.  Participants will receive a $100CAD honorarium.  Please contact Nina Gao, Project Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to participate or visit: https://menshealthresearch.ubc.ca/mbipr for further information.

Safe Pharmacy

Anyone can experience domestic abuse and coercive control.  'Safe Pharmacy' is a new Irish Pharmacy Union-led initiative that will enable people facing this issue to receive support in their local pharmacy by offering access to a phone and contact details for local support services.  This enables the person to make that important call e.g. to a family member, local specialist domestic violence services or An Garda Síochána.  Pharmacies that sign-up to the initiative nominate a Safe Pharmacy Champion within their pharmacy.  The Champion can be a pharmacist, technician or an over-the-counter staff member.  Those experiencing domestic abuse and coercive control may have difficulty making contact safely with the support they need while they are at home.  Their movements and access to phones may be monitored and limited.  Pharmacies are ideally placed to provide a means to additional support.  They are located in all parts of Ireland, are accessible and used by all, and are a trusted part of communities - with highly trained, compassionate and discreet staff.  Find out more about this initiative at: www.ipu.ie/safe-pharmacy  |  https://youtu.be/nCm2WaiTrGg

Men’s Health Week 2022 Webinar

During 2022, HSE Health and Wellbeing is hosting a series of webinars exploring the impact of masculinity/ies on men’s health.  The second of these events will be held on Monday 13th June 2022, from Noon to 1.15pm, to mark Men’s Health Week.

Guest speakers include Paul Ferris (ex-professional footballer and author of award-winning books on how he dealt with personal challenges in his life), Sonia Montgomery (Suicide Prevention Lead within the Western Health and Social Care Trust) and Jim Curran (Director of Strategy and Operations for the Irish Pharmacy Union).

For more details, visit: https://ims.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sMTt5wxNQ8SY4Qrk_Z2p1w

The Final Countdown to Men's Health Week 2022

International Men's Health Week (MHW) begins on Monday 13th June and runs until Sunday 19th June 2022 (Father’s Day).

Not too long ago, we were unaware of the full extent of men’s poor health status and the specific health issues that they are contending with.  However, this is no longer the case.  In recent years, a broad range of research has highlighted the health challenges which face men in Ireland and further afield.  For example, see the Men’s Health in Numbers reports
 
Yet, although the health of men in Ireland is sometimes poor, it is not a ‘lost cause’ - and it can be improved in many significant ways.  Men, themselves, need to play a central role in taking control of their health and wellbeing.  However, men’s health is not just an issue for individual men and their health can often be determined by other factors outside of their personal control.  Thus, there is also a need for policy-makers, service providers, and society as a whole to recognise the role that they need to play, and to do something practical about it.

Men's Health Week 2022 takes place in the context of an easing of the restrictions introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Worldwide, this virus had a major and disproportionate impact upon men's health as well as their wider lives.  Indeed, for a couple of years now, COVID has placed a myriad of boundaries upon what we have been able to do.  MHW 2022 seeks to reverse this trend, and focuses upon what we can do to take back control of our own health.

This is why the theme chosen for Men's Health Week 2022 is 'MISSION: isPOSSIBLE' and the message to everyone is 'the action starts with you'.

As always, the overarching aims of MHW are to:

-  Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
-  Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities.
-  Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

However, any and all activities / actions to mark this occasion are very welcome.

To find out more about the week, visit: www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-2022.html