Training for health care workers aims to prevent stigma, discrimination and human rights violations towards people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and for key populations, during health service delivery.
Planning and Designing Training for Health Care Workers
Recommended training should educate health care workers on the unique needs and experiences of key populations including training to reduce stigma and discrimination and ensure that health care workers observe medical ethics in provision of health care services as well as training on the rights of health care workers themselves to work in safe and protective environments.
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.
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.