It is a fact that men in Zambia have a lower life expectancy at birth and higher death rates during adulthood than women.
Many of the health problems that men face could be prevented or even cured with early medical intervention or a change in lifestyle.
However, boys who are brought up to believe that "real men don't get sick" may see themselves as invulnerable to illness or risk. When they actually fall ill, they may put up with the sickness or seek health care only as a last resort. As stereotype would have it, nagging from women is the main reason men ever get their health checked out.
There’s a joke about a man who goes to the doctor complaining that he sees spots. The receptionist asks, “Have you ever seen a doctor?” And he replies, “No. Just the spots.”
Popular culture may paint men as the stronger sex, but from the moment a boy is born, his life is more likely than his sister's to be cut short.
Across national and cultural boundaries, men die an average of seven years earlier than women.
Are Zambian men dying younger because they don't look after themselves and are reluctant to visit the doctor? Many men in Zambia suffer silently with regards to health and social economic issues that affect their wellbeing and ultimately, this takes them to the grave early.
This book seeks to answer the following questions:
• Why do men die young & early in Zambia?
• Is the low life expectancy of men in Zambia normal?
• What are the social reasons why men die young and early in Zambia?
• What are the economic reasons why men die young and early in Zambia?
• What are the health reasons why men die young and early in Zambia?
• What are the impacts of fatherlessness on families and communities?
• Where do Zambian men fit in the women empowerment movement’s agenda?
• Are Zambian males having an identity crisis?
• Do Zambian men and boys matter & why?
• Are there solutions to all the reasons why men die young & early in Zambia?
• What are the secrets for men to increase their life span in Zambia?
Mortality is non-negotiable, which is probably what makes it seem so terrible. But the number of years you get– not to mention the way you spend them–can in many ways be up to you.