Workshop on comprehensive care to gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM)

Ciudad Juarez, México, September 7, 2010 (PAHO/WHO).  The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO) recognizing the importance of primary care services to ensure the health of communities and nations. This time it focuses on physical and mental health of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), one of the most marginalized groups in Latin American countries. In part due to ignorance, stigma, and homophobia, health services primary health care, typically have not been adequately responsive to the health needs of these men, as well as the existing health centers are not accurate designed or lack the resources to provide the full range of services they need.

This lack of attention has led to consequences such as, the growing increasingly high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV infection within these communities. Linked to other social factors within these countries that are also relevant to the health of MSM, such as homo-negative public policies; social val-ues strongly rooted in a patriarchal, heterosexist tradition; discrimination, bullying, and harass-ment in public spaces; exclusion from social groups; and homopho-bia. In seeking to provide a better quality of life, primary health care, and high quality sexual health services; on this occasion, the service staff of primary health care, social workers, nurses, dentists, doctors, psychologists, counselors, and representatives of civil society organizations working or involved with the MSM population are inviting to participate in the workshop on comprehensive care to gay men and other gay men who have sex with men, to be held on:

September 7-10, 2010
MARIA BONITA HOTEL 

9:00 am to 4:00 pm   
  
Av. Parque R. Pérez Serna # 1721
Magnaplex Industrial,
Ciudad Juárez, Chih., México CP 32419

(Open to media from 9:00-10:30 am on September 7, see agenda attached)

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:
Its main objective is to strengthen the capacity of health care providers to meet the diverse health needs of gay men and other MSM in the context of health promotion and health care through the following steps:
1. Identify the health problems faced by gay and MSM populations and the determinant and aggravating factors of these problems
2. To familiarize the participants with a model ("Project for the attention of the health needs of MSM") of comprehensive male health care
3. To analyze the role of different members of health teams in providing effective and quality services

During this workshop health issues will be mainly addressed but without leaving aside the psychological and emotional health among MSM. Some of the topics to present are the following:

• The HIV epidemic and its impact on MSM
• Stigma, discrimination and its role in health and social welfare
• Use of health services for gay and other MSM populations
• The physical space and the atmosphere of respect
• Recognition of health problems related to sexuality, including the supplier barriers to identify them
• Sexually transmitted infections

For more information see the publication:
Blueprint for the provision of Comprehensive Care to Gay Men and Other Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This publication has been created as a guide for clinicians and health managers in countries in the LAC region, both in the formal health sector as well as within specialized clinics for MSM. It purpose is to strengthen the capacity of health care providers to treat different medical needs of gay and other MSM in the context of the promotion and provision of health care.
“Appropriate health care are human rights imperatives. These human rights – to health, safety, and well-being – have been achieved to varying degrees in different parts of the world. They are both possible and practicable. Through a commitment by national stakeholders to action at the      levels of civil society, health care services, and public policy, the human right to health for MSM and other sexu-al minority groups can be made a reality throughout Latin America”.


For more information please contact: Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S,  Knowledge Management  & Communication Advisor. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .| Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)  United States-Mexico Border Office: 5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4  El Paso, TX 79912. Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 2523 / Cel (915) 449-3040  / Fax  (915) 845-4361 .