Galz embarks on training of Medical Doctors

Published: November 19, 2013

GALZ recently concluded training to 17 medical doctors drawn from around Zimbabwe .The training seeks to ensure that Doctors deliver culturally competent care to LGBTI persons, which has been shown to be successful in positively changing the knowledge, attitudes and practices of health care providers.

Facilitated by Dr. Johan Hugo, a senior medical officer with Anova Health Institute and Ms. Caroline Maposhere, a sexual reproductive health rights specialist, the training covered aspects of human sexuality, history taking, STI’s and HIV management amongst MSM, mental health for MSM and other medical conditions.
Reports from members of GALZ have consistently shown that they face barriers when attempting to access health care in Zimbabwe. MSM reported experiences of stigma from some healthcare providers resulting in lower access to HIV services and commodities such as condoms, lubricants, HIV testing and HIV treatment. It is important that healthcare workers are sensitized about LGBTI issues, their needs and practices in a bid to provide quality services in a friendly environment.
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