Aware of the lack of knowledge and understanding of the rights of men who have sex with other men (MSM) regarding access to health care, Reseau Africain de Formations sur le VIH/SIDA (the African Network of Training on HIV and Aids) RAF-VIH, conducted a workshop on 14 to 18 April 2011 in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, to sensitize key actors in the fight against the disease and
to improve their involvement and skills to better work with MSM.
Titled Understand and work with Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM) for a combined prevention and a global health care of STI and HIV, the workshop brought together 35 participants working in the fight against HIV, among them, health and psychosocial professionals from private and public health structures and civil society organisations from 12 central and western African countries.
Discussions ranged from the socio anthropological aspects of sexuality between men, causes of vulnerability, stigmatisation and discrimination to mental health and operational planning of interventions intended for MSM.
“At a time when many countries understand the necessity of focusing interventions of prevention and health care towards populations most at risk to HIV and STI, it was important for the RAF-VIH to develop a module of training, dealing specifically with the situation of men who have sex with other men”, Dr Jean Baptiste Guilard-Schmid, one of the coordinators of the workshop said.
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