Meeting the healthcare needs of the transgender community – The gender guidance clinics of Tamil Nadu (India)

Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health, Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Rajalakshmi RamPrakash, Johanna Riha, Zaida Orth and Michelle de Jong (2023). Meeting the healthcare needs of the transgender community – The gender guidance clinics of Tamil Nadu (India). What Works? Integrating Gender into Government Health Programmes in Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. UNU International Institute for Global Health.

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  • Author Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health
    Shreelata Rao Seshadri
    Rajalakshmi RamPrakash
    Johanna Riha
    Zaida Orth
    Michelle de Jong
    Title Meeting the healthcare needs of the transgender community – The gender guidance clinics of Tamil Nadu (India)
    Series Title What Works? Integrating Gender into Government Health Programmes in Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia
    Publication Date 2023-12
    Place of Publication Kuala Lumpur
    Publisher UNU International Institute for Global Health
    Pages 12
    Language eng
    Abstract This case study focuses on gender guidance clinics (GGCs) in Tamil Nadu, India, which provide services to the trans community within public hospitals. The programme was selected as a promising practice because it addresses the health needs of the LGBTQ+ community in India, a group that is largely marginalised and stigmatised. This programme stood out because of its significant government ownership and unique approach in addressing the healthcare needs of gender and sexual minorities. Furthermore, the initiative successfully withstood the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and has demonstrated the potential for expanding to other regions within Tamil Nadu, as well as to other states in India and beyond. Based on in-depth analyses of interviews and published materials, it documents and analyses the contextual factors that gave rise to GGCs in Tamil Nadu, the enabling factors and challenges encountered, and some of the outcomes achieved and lessons learned, including those that might be transferable to other contexts.
    Keyword Gender
    Government Health Programmes
    Health care
    Transgender community
    India
    Copyright Holder The Author(s)
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI https://doi.org/10.37941/RR/2023/7
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