On Zero Discrimination Day this year, under the theme “Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower”, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action against discriminatory laws.
As a response, APTN would like to present some of the statistics about transphobia and discrimination in the healthcare setting that we did in Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. This research included Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and a Community Based Survey (CBS), we also partnered with GWL-INA (Indonesia), Blue Diamond Society (Nepal), Sisters Foundation (Thailand), and VNTG (Vietnam). It shows that discrimination really has a severe impact on transgender people’s well-being.
We urge the health ministries, academics and policymakers, health providers, CBOs and others to address discrimination and improve the responsiveness of healthcare services for trans people, including mental health services, HIV/AIDS, sexual health services, and gender-affirming care.
We cannot end discrimination alone; we need to do it together.
If you want to read more about our research about discrimination and its health implications, download our publication here.