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Share-Net Netherlands 2024 Annual Meeting sheds light on innovative approaches to chemsex challenges

Amsterdam, May 16, 2024: The Share-Net Netherlands 2024 Annual Members Meeting convened at the KIT venue in Amsterdam on May 16th. The gathering brought together members and partners to deliberate on strategic priorities for the network in 2024 and showcase select member projects.

During this event, AFEW International made a presentation “Innovative Problematic Chemsex Responses: pioneering research on sober intimacy approaches in hostile environments.” Esteemed speakers included Iryna Zarubina from the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM), Dr. Nikolay Lunchenkov from the Professorship for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich, and Michal Pawlega, a distinguished sex therapist and CBT psychotherapist. Yulia Komo, Director of Programmes EE & Visibility at AFEW International, was facilitating the discussion.

Background: AFEW International’s Project

In 2023, AFEW International initiated the project “Bridging the gaps – effective sex treatment response for LGBTI communities affected by problematic chemsex” within the Share-Net International Activation Grants program. AFEW International was among the 13 grantees selected through Share Net’s participatory selection process.

AFEW International embarked on comprehensive research, collaborating with sexual health service providers to gather insights and best practices. The findings will serve as the foundation for developing a practical guide targeting policymakers and sex counsellors, with the goal of supporting individuals seeking healthier, drug-free sexual experiences.

Stay tuned for updates on AFEW International’s progress!

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