The Brazilian National Policy of Comprehensive Healthcare to Men

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Daniel Costa Lima
Eduardo Schwarz


men’s health, health policy, gender and masculinities


The National Policy of Comprehensive Healthcare to Men (PNAISH) was established within the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) in August 2009. Despite the growing recognition that men’s lower life expectancy is strongly influenced by the social construction of gender and that their aloofness from the arena of care and health can also impact women’s and children’s health, so far, similar policies only exist in Ireland (2008) and in Australia (2009). This paper intends to introduce the scenario surrounding PNAISH’s development, implementation and also shed light on some of its main obstacles and successes, based upon a scientific literature and policy review and the insight of privileged informants, partners and researchers.

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