Monday, November 18, 2013

Movember: A Global Movement

This is my boyfriend. No, he doesn't always look like he just stepped off the set of Super Troopers. But each November, however, the facial hair makes a very special return in honor of a very important cause, dubbed "Movember".

As an official global charity, Movember’s vision is "to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health [quite literally]. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men's faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges." The Mo isn't just for hipsters anymore - it's a revolution!

Although renowned in much of the developed world, Movember (and awareness of health issues like those it addresses) is still relatively new in Botswana. The Movember movement has, however, made huge strides over the last two years. There are now national events and people are finally starting to take notice (and grow their own mo!). 

This is a significant event and one that, we hope, will help men take more ownership over their own health. For Botswana, this extends beyond those health issues specifically addressed with Movember. Issues like HIV testing (which men often leave up to their female partners) are also encompassed in this movement. So, for those of us working in public health in Botswana, Movember is the perfect outlet to encourage men to discuss their health and learn how to protect themselves.

If you would like to learn more about Movember efforts in Southern Africa or support my boyfriend's mo, please visit this link:

If nothing else, grow your own mo and support this great cause! Look, even I'm doing it! 

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