Training health care workers reduces human rights violations during health service delivery, increasing access to universal health coverage.

Case Study Training for health workers in Asia and the Pacific

“The Time Has Come” is a training package for health providers to reduce stigma in health care settings, as well as to enhance HIV, sexually transmitted infection and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific. It was jointly developed by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office and WHO Western Pacific Regional Office.

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The training initiative is currently being rolled out, with training of master trainers, in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippine and Timor-Leste. A number of countries, such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, have approved the training package for adaptation and integration into their national training curriculae.

Is it hoped that the training will help countries in the region to address sexual orientation and gender identity within their health care services.

The Time Has Come

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