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Men's health issued across the world are being severely neglected, a panelist taking part in a worldwide live video conference under the aegis of the World Health Organisation said on Sunday. Those taking part in the unique conference were linked to cities such as Cairo, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Geneva and Addis Ababa. The Dean of the Nelson Mandela Medical School at the University of Natal in Durban, Professor Barry Kistnasamy, together with Professor Maurice Mars of the Department of Sports Science, represented the medical school on the panel. The panelist, Professor Edward Bartlett of Washington University's Public Health Department, called for the promotion of initiatives world-wide to promote men's health. He said it was anticipated that life expectancy for women in industrialised countries would soon be 90 years. Men's life expectancy, on the other hand, was nowhere near that, he said. In fact, statistics from Russia showed that the average woman there lived 15 years longer than the average man. He said that women's health initiatives were being implemented all over the world and women's issues were being widely addressed. However, programmes for men are lagging behind, Bartlett claimed. In addition, men globally were three and a half times more likely to commit suicide than women. (Source: The Daily News, 20 January 2003)