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Funded projects
Men's Health Partners
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.
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, Programs
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, Programs.

The Movember Foundation Awareness and Education Program

Movember Funding to Date

GBP 1,542,902

What we seek to achieve

Evidence highlights there’s a long way to go until men achieve the optimum level of health. Progress is being made but the issue is a complex one. A widely agreed point is that educating men on the risks they face and empowering them with the knowledge to pro-actively manage their health, is vital. The Movember Foundation, through its annual Awareness and Education program, aims to increase the understanding of the health risks men face and empower them to act on that knowledge.

United Kingdom
Implemented by
The Movember Foundation
Project start date
July 2013
Project Status
Project Completed

About the project

Statistics highlight the problem that the Movember Foundation is seeking to address through its annual Awareness and Education program: 
•Men have a lower life expectancy than women - globally by 2010, women were outliving men by an average of almost six years.1
•Men take more “health risks” than women, which could be direct physical risks through work or “lifestyle” risks like being more likely to drink alcohol to excess or to eat a less healthy diet.1
•Men are less knowledgeable about personal health than women and they are less likely to seek help from medical practitioners.2
•When men seek professional help it is often late in the illness process and many men experience difficulty articulating their concerns to clinicians.3
Movember Foundation tackles this challenge by leveraging the fun of growing a moustache as a ‘Trojan horse’ to get men engaged in their health.  The Movember Foundation’s tagline, changing the face of men’s health, aptly describes the challenge of participating in Movember – changing your appearance by growing a moustache for 30 days; and the outcome – changing the understanding and attitudes men have towards their health and the actions they take. 
The Mo Bros themselves become men’s health advocates and are literally walking/talking billboards for 30 days. The Awareness and Education program provides the platform, through, and tools for participation. However it is the individuals that bring the Awareness and Education program to life, making it their own and communicating Movember’s men’s health messages in a way that is meaningful to them, their family and peers. The moustache is a tool of empowerment. This authentic communication from someone known and trusted has high impact and this is where the effectiveness of the Awareness and Education program is situated.

The Movember Foundation’s Awareness and Education program is brought to life through a number of channels:
• Our business and community outreach program
• The development of a new Awareness and Education program creative each year – keeping it fresh and engaging 
• Website – providing men with the tools to raise awareness 
• Free men’s health information 
• Media exposure – high volumes of free editorial is achieved each Movember, across all markets 
• Social media – through our own social platforms and those of the Mo community millions of online conversations are generated 
• Events and activations – both official Mo events and those held by the community allow participants and donors to experience and feel a part of the Movember movement 
• Ambassador program – helping us to spread our men’s health messages 


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