City-Scape: Discussing the challenges of urban transgender people on HIV, health, and human rights

By August 4, 2014 Showcase

APCOM, in partnership with the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) under the grant from HIV Regional Capacity Building Programme of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is implementing a programme to improve the lives of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in the Asia and Pacific region. Through this programme, several community-based organisations received technical support from APCOM and AFAO to spearhead the city-based projects that piloted small community-led responses to HIV and built the capacity of community organisations to engage in the HIV response at a city level.

As part of the scoping, a “City-Scape” consultation on the issues and barriers facing transgender people in accessing HIV and other services was carried out in June 2014 in two cities: Yangon (Myanmar) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). The consultation, in retrospect, aims to:

  • identify the unmet needs of transgender people regarding HIV, health, and human rights; share experiences of addressing stigma and discrimination against transgender people;
  • mediate a dialogue between community members, policy makers, donors, UN agencies, NGOs and government officials;
  • pinpoint opportunities and constraints to achieve quality services from public and private sector health care providers; and
  • plan the next steps for transgender communities and other stakeholders.

Download the “City-Scape” report from each city below to learn further on the key discussion and recommendation of each consultation:


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