Project “Promoting social inclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) by improving access and quality of health care services” has been initiated on January 2, 2014.
The project will be implemented in order to improve access to health care services for men who have sex with men in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Latvia, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Their Friends’ Alliance “Mozaika”, and the Association “Gay and Lesbian Health Norway”.
The project will be implemented from January 2014 to June 2015. The project is co-financed by the Social Integration Fund and the EEA Financial Mechanism. The project is financially supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The main activities in the Project:
- Project opening conference along with press-conference – February 5, 2014
- First Project Steering Committee meeting – February 12, 2014
- Examination/consultation point the ,,Check-point’’ opening on March 3, 2014 and providing the “Chek point” work till end of June, 2015
- Training sessions for health care specialists and volunteers – June, 2014
- Creation of MSM friendly doctor network
- Providing work of MSM friendly doctor network and work of volunteers – July, 2014 – June, 2015
- Examination of work of MSM friendly doctor network
- Developing and dissemination of informative materials
The MSM Project opening meeting was held on 5 February 2014 in presence of all Project partners
On 5 February 2014, the Project No.2012.EEZ/PP/1/MEC/043/035 “Promoting social inclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) by improving access and quality of health care services” opening meeting along with the press conference was held at the Ministry of Health.
The meeting was attended by 24 participants. Among them were representatives of partner organizations: the Ministry of Health, the Alliance “Mozaika”, and the Association “Gay and Lesbian Health Norway”, as well as other partner organizations and representatives of NGOs. Mass media followed the meeting course.
The aim of the Project is to extend consultations and testing access, and to improve the quality of health care services for the Project target group in order to reduce the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases in society.
Jana Feldmane, representative of the Ministry of Health, remarked in her speech to the meeting participants the importance of that Project in realizing public health policy, reducing further spread of infectious diseases, as well as promoting social inclusion of the Project target group. Inga Upmace, project manager, presented the Project activities which are planned for further Project implementation period up to June 2015. Project activities are strictly based on conclusion and evidence derived from the European internet-based research EMIS which was presented by Anda Karnite, RSU assistant professor and project researcher. Project topicality is reasoned by the epidemiological data and publications of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Norwegian partner organization introduced their wide experience of working with MSM, which will be used in implementation of the Project.
The Project is being implemented within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism for 2009 – 2014 Grants programme “NGO Fund” sub-programme “NGO Project Measure”. The Project is supervised by the Social Integration Fund and it is co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Photos from the MSM Project opening meeting