Understanding the ICD: Its History, Organisation, and Engaging Asia and the Pacific in the Revision Process

Published October 8, 2017
Language English

In concert with the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation on 22 October 2016, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network has developed the following discussion paper on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) within the World Health Organisation in relation to transgender issues to help local trans activists in the region understand the classification system and prepare to engage the revision process for the ICD. The ICD is now in edition 10 (ICD-10) and edition 11 (ICD-11) is in preparation.

This paper aims to answer the questions:

  1. What is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems and why is it important to trans people?
  2. What do I need to know about ICD?
  3. What steps should I take to get involved in the process?

Read our full discussion paper to learn more. If you’re interested in further information or working with APTN in the ICD revision, please contact our Human Rights & Advocacy Officer, Cianán Russell, at cianan.russell@weareaptn.org

Other APTN products about ICD and transgender health issues:

Publication download: Blueprint on the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans People and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific
Public statement: ILGA Asia Trans* Pre-conference – Statement on Gender Incongruence in Childhood
Video: Demanding Care: Stories of Transgender Healthcare Discrimination in Thailand
Publication download: Removal of gender incongruence of childhood diagnostic category: a human rights perspective, The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 3, No. 5, p405–406, May 2016
Video: Trans Rights Are Human Rights