Did you know that WHO is developing a guideline on the health of trans and gender diverse people?

By March 27, 2024 Advocacy

WHO’s Departments of Gender, Rights and Equity – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (GRE-DEI), Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes (HHS), and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) are developing a guideline on the health of trans and gender diverse people.

The scope of the guideline was based on requests of some WHO Member States and on the outcomes of a stakeholder consultation held in May 2022 with experts in transgender health and representatives from the affected communities from all WHO regions. The proposed guideline is guided by WHO’s vision of a world in which all people attain the highest possible level of health and well-being, leaving no one behind.

This new guideline will focus on 5 areas: 

  • provision of gender-affirming care, including hormones relating to adults; 
  • health worker education on and training for the provision of gender-inclusive care;
  • provision of health care for trans and gender diverse people who have suffered interpersonal violence, based on their needs; 
  • health policies that support gender-inclusive care; and 
  • legal recognition of self-determined gender identity for adults.  

The guideline under development aims to address specific health challenges that negatively impact the rights of trans and gender diverse people to access quality health services, undermining their quality of life and life expectancy. It also will provide evidence and implementation guidance on health sector interventions aimed at increasing access and utilization of quality and respectful health services by trans and gender diverse people. 

The Guideline Development Group (GDG) composed of members from all six WHO regions including researchers with relevant technical expertise; end-users (e.g. programme managers and health workers); and representatives of trans and gender diverse community organizations, among others. The GDG act in their individual capacity and will not represent any organization with which they are affiliated, and are  not receiving any financial compensation as per standard procedures.

The overall process for development of the guideline could take up to 2 years, with further opportunities for external expert review and comments. 

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