The Work We Fund

Funded projects
1,250+
Men's Health Partners
20
Countries
20
"We work closely with our global men's health partners to ensure collaboration, transparency and accountability for every project we fund. We monitor this through report cards which detail what we seek to achieve, key measures and the impact." - Owen Sharp, CEO
Prostate Cancer
"Together with the brightest minds in research, we aim to achieve significant breakthroughs in the hope of beating prostate cancer. Our disruptive funding approach identifies revolutionary ways to accelerate health outcomes by creating strong, global collaborative teams." Dr. Colleen Nelson, Global Scientific Chair.
Men's Health
"One Mo can help change the face of men’s health through the powerful conversations created globally during Movember. Men have the chance to confidently discuss men’s health with people around them, resulting in men taking action early, helping change and save lives." Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programmes
Mental health and suicide prevention
“The number of men taking their own lives around the world is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Movember is working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to seek help when they’re struggling.”
Brendan Maher, Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Testicular Cancer
“Despite being the 2nd most common cancer in young men, testicular cancer is often a forgotten cancer due to early detection and treatment. Our projects look at underinvested areas such as improving access to healthcare services and treatment options for relapse” Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programmes.

The Movember Foundation Awareness and Education Program

Movember Funding to Date

NZD 215,583

What we seek to achieve

The Movember Foundation’s annual Awareness and Education program aims to increase the understanding of the health risks that men face, educate them on how to live a happier, healthier and longer life, alert them to when to take action about their health and increase their overall physical activity.

Country
New Zealand
Implemented by
The Movember Foundation
Project start date
July 2015
Project Status
Project Completed

About the project

As part of our annual awareness campaign, we ask men, supported by the women in their lives, to grow a moustache and we ask men and women to MOVE for 30 days, during the month of ‘Movember’. Their actions not only raise funds but also equally importantly deliver on the following awareness and education objectives:

  1. Raise awareness and understanding of the health risks men face
  2. Increase the number of men taking action for their health
  3. Increase levels of physical activity
As part of our men’s health strategy that seeks to have men and boys living longer, happier, healthier lives, the Awareness and Education Program aims to increase awareness, knowledge and action taking that leads to boys and men being mentally and physically healthy. It also aims to develop new knowledge about what works well for what men when it comes to engaging with and acting on their health.
Evidence shows that men are more vulnerable to many health problems across lifespan and cultures and that health outcomes of boys and men lag significantly behind those of girls and women. We know that on average across the world men die six years earlier than women. Men are significantly impacted by poor mental health, this is highlighted by the high rates of suicide amongst men where three out of four suicides are men. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year, which equates to one every minute.

The impact of prostate and testicular cancer on the lives of boys and men is substantial. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide and is the 5th leading cause of cancer death among men worldwide. For men and boys aged between 15 and 40, testicular cancer is the most common cancer for all countries except Australia. These are just some of the statistics that show exactly why urgent action is needed to raise awareness about men’s health.

Improving men’s health has the potential to positively influence outcomes not only for men, but also more widely for women, children and society as a whole.
Healthy and unhealthy lifestyle practices tend to cluster together. Evidence shows that these poor health behaviours also tend to un-cluster, particularly around physical activity.
Focusing on physical activity has multiple benefits for both physical and mental health and is an area of new activity for the Awareness and Education Program with the introduction in 2015 of the MOVE initiative. MOVE is a 30-day fitness challenge that encourages people to MOVE every day of Movember, how they MOVE each day is up to them and there is a significant focus on the variety of MOVE’s and commitments depending on existing levels of activity.
For the month of Movember, men effectively become walking, talking billboards for men’s health, sparking both private and public conversations. Each year, conversations are initiated by the Movember community, face-to-face, online and through the media. These are conversations that: raise awareness and educate men and women of the key health issues men face; that change behaviour and prompt men to engage in their health and know when to take action.**

Movember participants demonstrate that they spend time thinking about improving their health, visit a doctor for a specific reason and discuss their health with others. Movember participants who make a commitment to MOVE increase their daily levels of physical activity for the thirty days of Movember.

By putting a fun twist on a serious issue, Movember aims to change the actions and attitudes of men when it comes to their health and raise much needed funds. The moustache is a catalyst for change and gives men the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health with others.

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