On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. We knew that this would have wide ranging impacts on the lives of people in the trans and gender diverse community and the critical work they do across Asia and the Pacific region.
This report shares APTN’s process, and our partners work, in developing and rolling out our COVID-19 Community Support Fund, as well as the results and findings from our community based monitoring of the situation. We used a mix of monitoring and reporting methods to ensure we had accurate data to increase our understanding of the changing context for trans communities and organizations; from increased limitations in access to health care, further financial insecurity, increased human rights violations.
Despite these increased barriers and challenges, we share how our partners have been able to step-up to provide much needed support to their communities. These findings, stories, and experiences of trans communities demonstrate an urgent need to guarantee the inclusion of transgender and gender non conforming people in efforts to fight COVID-19 and its effects.