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Training programme

Within the framework of the ESTICOM project a training programme for MSM Community Health Workers will be developed and piloted in ten European countries. Our preliminary definition of MSM Community Health Workers includes all people who currently provide sexual health services in a community setting directly to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Sexual health services for us include services related with HIV/STI and/or viral hepatitis (Hep B & C), drug use, and mental health.

Breaking news: The community report is now available in 29 languages - the latest addition is Icelandic

The first "Community Report" for EMIS respondents and MSM in general had been launched at the AIDS2018 conference in Amsterdam and is now available in 29 languages. We thank our network partners for their generous contributions and translations, in particular also the German NGO Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe for publishing and hosting the Community Reports.

First results of the three ESTICOM projects (EMIS-2017, ECHOES, Training Programme) have be presented at a special ESTICOM Satellite Symposium on Monday, July 23rd from 17:00-19:00 at the Auditorium at AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam. These presentations are available here (EMIS, ECHOES, Training Programme).

About the European Surveys and Trainings to Improve MSM Community Health project

As part of the European Commission Health Programme 2014-2020, a pan-European project entitled ESTICOM (European Surveys and Training to Improve MSM Community Health) has been funded by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) of the European Commission. The project is running between September 2016 and August 2019, and comprises three elements:

  1. A European online survey among MSM (European MSM Internet Survey - EMIS 2017) which aims to generate data useful for the planning of HIV and STI prevention and care programmes for MSM, and to monitor national progress in this area by comparing its results with those of previous surveys, such as EMIS 2010.
  2. An online survey about knowledge, attitudes, practices, and training needs of community health workers (CHW) who provide counselling, testing, and psychosocial care and support services for MSM in the EU and neighbouring countries (the European Community Health Worker Online Survey - ECHOES). This is a survey that, in this form, has never been conducted before.
  3. Development and pilot testing of a training programme for MSM-focused community health workers, intended to be adaptable for all EU countries. The training programme will contribute to improving the quality of prevention, counselling and early diagnosis services HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis among MSM.

The EMIS and ECHOES surveys are now closed - we would like to sincerely thank all those who took part! Final reports on the results of the surveys will be released in 2019.

The ESTICOM Project is being delivered by a consortium involving 9 European organisations, led by the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany. The consortium is supported by a board of advisors and a network of associated partner organisations.

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