The main objectives of the project included:
- Reducing discrimination against LGBTI people in the field of health;
- Increasing the number of health professionals providing inclusive and competent healthcare for LGBTI people;
- Raising awareness among health professionals on the needs of the LGBTI community;
- Raising awareness in the LGBTI community on discrimination in healthcare;
- Fostering cooperation between LGBTI NGOs, professional organizations and medical universities.
The project consisted of four key activities:
We carried out research in each project country to better understand the legal and policy environment, to identify existing research data and training initiatives, to gain more data on the knowledge and the attitudes of healthcare professionals, and to map their training needs. The research used a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods including desk research, interviews and a survey.
We compiled two publications for health professionals to provide access to scientifically valid information on LGBTI health, to raise awareness among healthcare professionals on the needs of the LGBTI community, and to promote the adoption of good practices.
The short guide provides an easy to access summary of the most important information about LGBTI people, their health needs, and practical tips to avoid discrimination and create inclusive clinical spaces.
The handbook offers more detailed information about existing research, relevant legislation, and practical tips to avoid discrimination and create inclusive clinical spaces.
We offered in person and online training for health professionals in each country based on the Health4LGBTI training methodology. The Health4LGBTI training materials were translated and adapted to the national contexts. Local training videos were prepared. E-learning modules were created based on the Health4LGBTI training programme. In person training was offered for medical students and professionals. The e-learning course is available free of charge for any medical professionals and medical students upon registration.
We conducted an awareness raising campaign to raise awareness among healthcare professionals on the needs of the LGBTI community; to raise awareness in the LGBTI community on discrimination in the health sphere and what they can do if they& experience discrimination; and to promote the use of the publications and training programs. The campaign videos were disseminated via social media.