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Blog Discusses Need For New Approach To Transgender Health

Noting November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Aysa Saleh-Ramirez, AIDSTAR-One senior technical adviser at John Snow, Inc., writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “Working alongside transgender women on needs assessments, trainings for health providers, and in the development of a blueprint (.PDF) for comprehensive transgender services, opened my eyes to their experiences, gaps in existing programs that limit access to critical services, and the opportunities we need to pursue.” She examines “the need for a new approach to transgender health” that “engage[s] families and schools”; clearly defines “the spectrum of sexualities, genders, and identities”; secures the human rights of transgender communities and creates “a safer environment where they can access appropriate services”; “support[s] employment and education opportunities for transgender persons”; and allows transgender people “to engage with health providers and communities as professionals and peers” (11/20).