THE MEDICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF OF NCID WAS TRAINED ON TRANS* COMPETENCY
On June 30, 2022, a training on trans* competency was held in Yerevan for the medical and administrative staff of the National Center for Infectious Diseases of the RA Ministry of Health (NCID), which was organized by New Generation Humanitarian NGO within the framework of the “Trans* Map in EECA” project with financial support of the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM).
The aim of the training is to raise the awareness of the relevant professionals on the principles of a trans* inclusive approach in order to reduce negative prejudicial stereotypes towards trans* people and increase access to healthcare services.
The trainer was Hmayak Avetisyan, New Generation Humanitarian NGO Capacity Building Coordinator, expert on sexuality, gender issues and trans* competency.
More than 20 doctors and representatives of the administrative staff of NCID, whose work is related to providing services to trans* people, got acquainted with the concept of transgender and its categories, gender diversity, identity terms, the process of transitioning, international classification of diseases, gender dysphoria. Gender-based discrimination, barriers to access to healthcare services for trans* people were also discussed. The specialists also got acquainted with the basic concepts of trans* sensitivity, encouraging and rejecting phenomena during communication with trans* and gender diverse people.
The training course took place in an atmosphere of active discussions and exchange of experiences, and at the end the participants expressed their desire to organize such training courses regularly.