Strengthening organisations working with young men who have sex with men in Russia

Strengthening organisations working with young men who have sex with men in Russia

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Young representatives of the Russian LGBT community, particularly men who have sex with men (MSM), face continuous threat, stigma and discrimination from the government authorities and society. Young MSM are a closed community, difficult to reach with tailored HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. This change story is about an intervention to understand their needs and find effective ways of working with young MSM in the Irkutsk region.

The Outreach Coalition is a membership organisation – there are ten member organisations and two individual members representing different key populations and located across various regions in Russia and Estonia. AFEW International partnered with the Outreach Coalition to identify the needs and risk behaviours of young MSM, people who use drugs (PWUD) and sex workers (SW) as well as the barriers and opportunities in scaling youth-focused interventions through community-based participatory research (CBPR) in three regions across Russia. Using the research findings and learning from other best practice sites, the partners developed targeted outreach activities. This change story focuses on the approach that led to stronger linkages with the MSM communities.

Strengthening organisations working with young men who have sex with men in Russia

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