CHAPS and NAHIP commissioned Yorkshire MESMAC to develop a toolkit to help Sexual Health organisations engage and meet the sexual health needs of African MSM by addressing barriers and challenges to service access by this group.

Information gathered from professionals through an online Altogether Stronger Survey and workshops carried out across the country was used to develop the toolkit, addressing barriers and challenges they face when engaging and meeting the sexual health needs of African MSM.

An African MSM survey and focus group were conducted to assess service awareness, the best ways of reaching African MSM to promote services and enlist challenges African MSM face in the UK. Using a four step process, Acknowledgement, Initiatives, Implementation and Access, the toolkit recommends good working practices in addressing barriers and challenges raised during surveys, workshops and focus group. Some of the barriers and challenges include religion and faith, culture clash stigma and discrimination, immigration status, HIV awareness and LGB&T education, accessibility and availability of services to African MSM.

The toolkit will be available to anyone wanting help to engage and meet the sexual health needs of African MSM from www.mesmac.co.uk in April 2012.

To receive the toolkit via e-mail, please contact Terry Liboma at t.liboma@mesmac.co.uk.

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