Building a network of care trough consensus for trans people into the public health system in Buenos Aires city

Published: August 1, 2008

Building a network of care trough consensus for trans people into the public health system in Buenos Aires city

Topics: In Buenos Aires city, a network of public health services for the care of trans people was built through participative mechanisms. The involved actors were: “health-working” teams, Coordinación SIDA (central level), four NGOs with preventive work and advocacy with trans people and the regional office of UNAIDS.

Outcomes:
1) Writing, editing, printing and distribution within the public health system of the book "Health care of transvestites and transsexuals;
2) 14 teams within the public health care system committed to free care,
3) A booklet and a poster enouncing the services within the population trans and
4) a decision by the Ministry of Health requiring practitioners to respect the right of persons to be appointed by their gender choice.

Description: Between March and October 2006 the draft document "Health care people transvestites and transsexuals" was written. In November 2006 there was a round of talks where the document was corrected and validated. In August 2007 the final work was publicly presented. 500 cards were distributed, 15,000 brochures and 500 posters.

Lessons learned: Articulated work of NGOs, health professionals, Coordinación SIDA and UNAIDS have managed to overcome the urging of advocacy and to identify strategies to increase the accessibility of trans people to the public health system.

Next steps:
1) To increase the number of teams that shapes the network;
2) To monitor the operation of the network both ways:
a) check the spread of the network among the trans population
b) verify the access to the health system and the quality of care received.

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