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Transgender-Competent Care Workshop

Mon 04 Mar 2019 ข่าวสาร

On January 15, 2019, the Thai Red Cross Tangerine Academy for transgender health in partnership with the Fenway Institute hosted the transgender-competent care workshop. Nearly 120 health care providers, nurses and community health workers from around and beyond the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam, filled the Ballroom of Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand. The conference is supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) LINKAGES Thailand Project, managed by FHI 360 and the International AIDS Society as the Academic Supporter.

The workshop drew expertise from across the region as well as from the Fenway Institute. Session topics ranged from introductions to terminology around gender identity and health issues faced by transgender community to more advanced topics such as gender affirmative hormone therapy and gender affirming surgeries. The workshop also highlighted four unique models that have successfully integrated HIV programming in health service delivery for transgender people; the standalone transgender community health center in the Philippines, the KP-owned private clinic in Vietnam, the transgender community health center in public health facility in Thailand and the private sexual health clinic in Indonesia.

As Dr. Kenneth Mayer from the Fenway Institute as well as other experts have pointed out, the key to transgender-competent care is to understand the spectrum of the clients and understand that all have unique aspects of care. More importantly, using neutral gender terminologies although seems like a small matter, can create a positive provider-client relationship. More importantly, strong partnership between the health care providers and community health workers can help reached the transgender community.

In addition to the sessions led by international experts, attendees also heard input from the transgender community. It is noted that transgender-specific data are still very limited in the region. Many transgender women who are at risk for HIV are still not sufficiently reached, so a more tailoring interventions are strongly needed to overcome their unique health barriers. Unsurprisingly, the subpopulation of transgender men’s sexual health has not been well studied, particularly those who have sex with cisgender. As emerging trend, additional research is needed to understand HIV risk behavior among transgender men.

The high interest in the workshop signifies the strong needs and desire for training in providing care for transgender people. We hope the workshop have helped the health care team to be more confident in providing competent care for the transgender people. The possibilities around South-South capacity building for transgender-competent care implementation, through didactic and hands-on sessions, was also widely discussed.

Final agenda and presentations are available at:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mrUdyAvIUmAD6APcZoE5xKkVO8K62AJv?usp=sharing

Related Files:
Transgender Competent Care Report 2019

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