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NHRIs join push to improve health outcomes for trans people

Graphic: APF Consultant Jack Byrne presents at the conference

Five APF members attended a regional conference to map out national pathways to improve access to health services for transgender people.

Representatives from five APF members have attended a regional conference to map out national pathways to improve access to health services for trans people in the Asia Pacific.

The national human rights institutions (NHRIs) of Thailand, Indonesia, India, Nepal and the Philippines joined in discussions at the three-day conference, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, and held in Bangkok from 20-22 September 2017.

Their participation helped strengthen relationships with individual activists, trans organisations and the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, developed through the APF-UNDP training program on sexual orientation gender identity and sex characteristics.

The conference brought together representatives from a wide range of sectors – including trans people, civil society, NHRIs and government – for evidence-based discussions on HIV, health, law and human rights issues in regional and national contexts.

Presenters also showcased innovative approaches by communities and healthcare providers to advance trans health, including strategies to reach the UNAIDS Fast Track targets needed to bring the AIDS epidemic under control.

Country delegations attended the conference from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

Ahead of the conference, country delegates, including participants from NHRIs, provided baseline data about trans people's experiences in relation to health services and human rights in their respective countries.

This information was collated into a draft "mapping report" that was reviewed during workshop sessions.

Following the conference, meetings will be held with country delegates to review the roadmap of country-specific activities and develop partnerships to begin the process of putting them into action.

Date: 5 October 2017


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  1. APF Consultant Jack Byrne presents at the conference - APF/Jack Byrne