HERO Awards 2023: The Honourees

By September 29, 2023 November 28th, 2023 Regional, What We Do

Health and Wellbeing
Award Recipient

Dr. Jeremiah Pereira

Singapore

My name is Dr. Jeremiah Pereira and I am one of the few openly gender diverse physicians here in Singapore. I owe so much of my values and identity to the Singaporean queer community that have paved the way for me. My way of contributing back is to advocate for inclusive and affirming healthcare for queer patients.  

Tell us about your work

I am the medical director of MANADR Clinic, which is a primary care clinic that provides inclusive and affirming healthcare services to gender and sexual minorities. The clinic is determined to be a safe space to this, oftentimes, misunderstood population. This is reflected in our registration protocols, the decorations in the clinic, the choice of language we use to communicate with our clients etc. Apart from this, I have had an exciting year talking to different groups about affirming healthcare including students at the local university and as part of PinkFest.

What one achievement you’ve accomplished that you’re most proud of? Why? 

I am really proud of the safe space we have created here in MANADR Clinic. The general response has been that gender and sexual minorities are more likely to come in for more “taboo” services like sexual and mental health. Our HIV service has also been doing well and we offer inclusive services from PREP/PEP to HIV diagnosis and management.

What do you find most challenging about your work? Why? 

Unfortunately, the barriers to healthcare for gender and sexual minorities are systemic and entrenched. And it is a real challenge getting stakeholders to view affirming healthcare that is both evidence based and lifesaving. This advocacy forms the other bulk of my work apart from my clinical duties.

What do you do to recharge your battery? 

I am very fortunate to have social safe spaces, like The Projector and Dorothy’s, to meet my friends and other members of the community. The energy in these spaces is so beautiful and always reinvigorates me, no matter how tired I am.

What is your vulnerability and how do you overcome it? 

It was challenging personally balancing my identities as a gender diverse person as well as a physician. I don’t think clinical spaces are traditionally set up to protect gender and sexual minorities. And so it was very intimidating coming out in the professional space. I am really glad that I have though because it has really enriched my work and made me a better physician.

You have been nominated for the Health and Wellbeing category. What was your reaction and please, tell us why? 

I am very humbled but also very grateful. I have been running my clinic for about a year and I never expected the reaction from the community to be so positive. All that means is that affirming healthcare needs a space.

What is a warm/hopeful message that you would like to share with the communities in the Asia Pacific? 

I would like them to know that I am always in solidarity with them. I continue to be inspired by the beautiful work done by those that came before me as well as those hard at work now.

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