Health Care Providers Trained To Give More Support To Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals And Transgendered Persons
The local health sector is looking to give more care and support to Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and
Transgendered persons within the society.
It is believed by those in the sector, that over the years these persons were not given the attention they
ought to have received especially in times of HIV testing and counseling.
It is on this note that the Health Ministry has taken steps to develop a manual that seeks to guide health
care providers to provide optimal care to persons in the transgendered community.
Training is also seen to be necessary when providing such care and support. As such the Adolescent
Health Unit and Youth Friendly services of the Health Ministry has mounted a four day training and
workshop targeting clinical and non‐ clinical health care providers in the country.
According to the Facilitator of the workshop, Dereyck Springer, this is a situation that needs to be
addressed in the local health sector since transgenederd persons in most cases are further ridicule and
It was also said that the development of a manual for training of health care providers is critical to
ensure that they provide optimal clinical and non‐clinical services in a non‐stigmatized and nondiscriminatory
It is expected that after the four day training ,Health Care providers will develop an awareness of the
skills needed in some cases deepen their understand of the terms lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender.