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El Salvador's new leader | Men's health

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Editor's note

Nayib Bukele recently won El Salvador’s presidential election, promising to end years of corruption and tainted partisan politics. But who is this ambitious, 37-year-old millionaire who prefers Facebook Live to press conferences? And what does he mean for the future of the troubled Central American country? Doug Specht explains.

Across the world major public health interventions have focussed on women and children. This makes sense given that women, in particular, carry a disproportionate health burden. But there have been some unintended consequences. Kathryn Dovel, Morna Cornell, Sara Yeatman and Stephanie Chamberlin set out why the over-emphasis on women’s health may put both women and men at a disadvantage.

Matt Warren

Deputy Editor

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Nayib Bukele: El Salvador’s new president. EPA Images

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Doug Specht, University of Westminster

Nayib Bukele is an ambitious 37-year-old, who claims to transcend partisan politics, and who prefers Facebook Live to press conferences.

Women in Malawi visit clinics many more times in their lives than men. Shutterstock

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Female-centred health services are good, but they may detract from gender equality and men’s health.


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