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Rise up, young men!

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 12:08 PMTamara Bailey

Mandeville, Manchester:

The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), through a partnership with the National Association for the Family, has embarked on an intervention titled 'Man-Up A Call to Healthy, Responsible Manhood'.

Regional technical director of the SRHA, Dr Michael Coombs, explained that the initiative targets young men between the ages of 15 and 25 years. It was developed, he said, to combat challenges facing men that are linked to crime and violence, substance abuse, sexual promiscuity and other issues that pose challenges to the society.


Scores of young men from secondary and tertiary institutions across the southern region attended the first in a series of the programme's retreats last Friday at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre in Manchester. The retreat facilitated oral and video presentations, testimonials and group discussions which addressed key male-centred issues, while highlighting the importance of fatherhood, families, marriage and treating women with respect.

The technical director said that although changes would not occur in one day, he hoped the initiative would become a movement and "with God's help, will transform the nation.

"There are many voices competing for the minds of men, which has added to the confusion in our society, especially among young men. I hope you will join the journey to becoming healthy, responsible men," Coombs told the young men.