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Chemsex in EECA region

The use of drugs during sex is a growing worldwide phenomenon among men who have sex with men (MSM). The chemsex scene however varies per country and (sub-) culture. Mainline is currently exploring the scene in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: the EECA region. 

Needs and skills assessment

In December 2020 ReShape/IHP (United Kingdom), AFEW International, Humanitarian Action Foundation (Russia) and Mainline brought together 10 organisations from 5 countries in the EECA region.

Participants shared their (professional) experiences with chemsex during two inspiring sessions. We identified existing interventions and additional needs for services in the five countries.


The start of a learning series

Based on the insights from the first two sessions, Mainline designed a chemsex learning series. Participants from across the region applied to be part of the series and the first online training on harm reduction and chemsex was organised on 5 July 2021. 

After the first baseline trainings, at least one learning visits will be organised - either in St. Petersburg or in Moscow - allowing for direct coaching on the job by the Mainline team. The series concludes with further online coaching and individual follow-up. 


More information

More information about this learning series is available on IHPs website

Are you interested to learn more about chemsex in general? You can sign up for our e-learning or find one of the many resources on chemsex on our website.

Enroll in our e-learning on chemsex

The first phase of this consultancy is funded by AFEW International and ReShape/IHP (UK).



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