WU_03_Orientation Program...Civil SurgeonBandhu Social Welfare Society organized a day long orientation program with Govt. Physicians on 24th November 2016 at Conference Hall, Civil Surgeon Office, Dhaka. A total of 20 participants including Civil Surgeon, Deputy Civil Surgeon, Assistant Surgeon, Sr. Consultant from General Hospital, Medical Officers and Upazilla Health and Family Planning Officers (UHFPO) of different districts joined the program.

The major purpose of this meeting was:

  • To create an opportunity and sensitization among Medical Officer’s towards gender diversified community to get access in health care support through respective government medical officers and service centers and to understand about MSM/Hijra health needs issues and provide necessary assistance to avail proper health services.
  • To introduce “Stigma Package” to Govt. Health Service Providers as it is already been endorsed as National Package highlights  associated risk related to HIV, pattern of stigma due to sexual identity, barriers to get services from Govt. Hospitals.

The major contents of the session were:

  • Introduction & overview on MSM and TG for Context Building
  • HIV among MSM and Transgender people in Asia
  • Understanding the complexities of MSM, Transgender people and HIV
  • Needs, risks and competing priorities that impact on health-seeking behaviour
  • HIV treatment, care and support
  • Management issues in the delivery of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
  • Using laws and policies to strengthen the enabling environment

Agreed action items for follow up:

  •  Need to disseminate the national size estimation of key population report for clear understanding on gender diversity population size and situation across the country.
  • Need to establish non-judgmental health care set-up for the gender diversity population in our society through increasing awareness and joint initiatives.
  • Need to arrange same kind of training for other medical professionals and students for getting more understanding about HIV/AIDS and its implication.
  • Participants promised that they will dedicate, behave well and extend their support to gender diversified population to get adequate service.
  • Finally through this orientation, identified the needs and rights of sexual minority which will support Community groups for their better health care services without any forms of stigma and discrimination.