European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Call XII (health documentation)

This call was specifically focused on data of LGBTI discrimination in the area of health in European countries. This data collection call has been devised to feed in ILGA-Europe’s evidence based advocacy strategy in favour of European legislation and policy measures to tackle discrimination in the field of health. In a context where international (World Health Organisation) and regional (European Union, Council of Europe) organisations are increasingly aware of specific health inequalities faced by LGBTI people, it is critical to ensure that LGBTI rights organisations are equipped with the necessary knowledge and know-how in this area so that they can support policy makers’ initiatives.

Within the call 9 medium-scale projects (up to 7,000 euros with no minimum amount requirement) that included documentation methods and reporting techniques (on-line reporting, face-to-face interviews, interviews by phone etc.) as well as publication of the report, were supported in Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Ukraine. The funding allowed the selected grantees:

  • exploring the concept of “discrimination in health” and the diversity of barriers that hinder access to appropriate and patient-centred healthcare of LGBTI people
  • documenting the reality of those discriminatory practices and barriers (quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, testimonies, etc.)
  • identifying health policies, programmes and practices that successfully contributed to overcome those barriers

Czech Republic: Documentation of discrimination in the field of health

Name of the implementing organisation: Organisation PROUD

Contact information:

Opatovická 166/12

110 00 Prague 1

Czech Republic

E-mail: alexlorenzu@gmail.com, zdenek.sloboda@proudem.cz

Contact person: Alex Lorenzu, Zdenek Sloboda

Grant amount: EUR 6700

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The project focuses on the discrimination of trans people in the healthcare system in the Czech Republic. Beside legislative problems related to trans issues: trans people who have been using healthcare system also declare that they have been discriminated because of their gender identity. The project will run a qualitative research which will provide information on discrimination based on trans identity in the healthcare system. Project findings will serve as a basis for following advocacy.


Georgia: Improving accessibility of LGBT persons to adequate healthcare services

Name of the implementing organisation: WISG – Women’s Initiatives Support Group

Contact information:

12A Bakhtrioni str., 1 apt., Tbilisi 0179

e-mail : wisg@women.ge; info@women.ge;

Contact person: Natia Gvianishvili

Grant amount: EUR 6800

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The project aims at improving accessibility of LGBT people on adequate healthcare services and delivers basic research, analysis of the situation (needs assessment of LGBT persons in healthcare; knowledge, attitudes of healthcare specialists; adequacy, accessibility of existing healthcare services; analysis of the healthcare policies) and further policy document directed towards relevant stakeholders.  This project is part of an ongoing bigger project already financed by Kvinna till Kvinna and oriented on LBT women. The co-funding ensures including gay, bisexual and transgender men as well as healthcare specialists in the study, in order for the project to result in a comprehensive report and policy document.


Hungary: Documentation of discrimination in the field of health

Name of the implementing organisation: Háttér Society

Contact information:

H-1132 Budapest,

Csanády u. 4/B.

HUNGARY

e-mail: mocsonaki.laszlo@hatter.hu

Contact person: László Mocsonaki

Grant amount: EUR 6785

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The aim of this project is to complement Háttér’s already existing quantitative research into the health of LGBTQI people in Hungary with a qualitative component. The project uses semi-structured interviews, focus groups and public forums to gather testimonies and detailed descriptions of discriminatory practices, as well as suggestions on how to improve the work of healthcare providers when dealing with LGBTQI patients. The project focuses specifically on the areas of mental health, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS care. The project result is a research report and a video documentary that helps to disseminate its findings.


Hungary: TransCare - Documentation of discrimination in the field of health of trans* people in Hungary

Name of the implementing organisation: Transvanilla Transgender Association

Contact information:

1538 Budapest Pf. 527

Tel : +36308623175;

E-mail: szervezet@transvanilla.hu

Contact person: Krisztina Orban

Grant amount: EUR 5370

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The aim of the project is to better protect trans people in Hungary from discrimination in the field of health. The project is set up on two pillars: data collection and advocacy. Data collection will be implemented through a questionnaire and personal interviews. The objective of the fact-based advocacy is to increase public awareness of policy/decision makers responsibility to provide appropriate ad-hoc and long-term improvements.


Poland: Trans people's healthcare experiences

Name of the implementing organisation: Trans-Fuzja Foundation

Contact information:

Noakowskiego 10, lok. 66

00-666 Warsaw, Poland

e-mail: kontakt@transfuzja.org

Contact person: Wiktor Dynarski

Grant amount: EUR 6050

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The project aims to map the healthcare experiences of transgender people in Poland to answer Trans-Fuzja's hypotheses that transgender people are often targets of abuse, maltreatment, harassment and discrimination. The project focuses on three mostly important aspects – general healthcare, healthcare linked to gender reassignment procedures and trans-specific healthcare. The results of the project will be used for advocacy and educational purposes as well as community development and empowerment.


Portugal: Documentation of discrimination in the field of health

Name of the implementing organisation: ILGA-Portugal

Contact information:

Rua de St. Lazaro 88, 1150-530 Lisbon, Portugal

Phone: +351 218873918

E-mail: nuno@ilga-portugal.pt

Contact person: Nuno Pinto

Grant amount: EUR 6775

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The aim of this project is to create and disseminate knowledge and raise social awareness in this area; thus, the organisation intends to collect data and analyse it in order to construct appropriate products which are to be used in a sustained and structured advocacy strategy in the field of health.


Romania: Documentation of discrimination in the field of LGBT health in Romania

Name of the implementing organisation: ACCEPT

Contact information:

PO Box 34-54, Bucharest, Romania

Tel: +4021 252 5620

E-mail: accept@acceptromania.ro

Contact person: Carolina Marin

Grant amount: EUR 5687

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The project aims are:

  • To develop awareness of the ways in which discrimination hinders the access of LGBT people to adequate and accessible health services. Target groups: medical professionals; authorities- focus on health and education; medicine and psychology faculties in Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi; LGBT people.
  • To develop advocacy actions aiming at medicine and psychology faculties in Romania, inviting them to update the academic curricula so that homosexuality is no longer presented as a mental disease.
  • To elaborate and disseminate guidelines/recommendations for (1) medical personnel, (2) medical faculties and (3) health authorities- as first info resources on how to increase accessibility and adequacy of health services for LGBTI people.

Final product

Narrative report


Spain: Documentation of homophobic and transphobic violence

Name of the implementing organisation: FELGTB

Contact information:

C/Infantas 40, 1º Dcha, 28004, Madrid

Phone: 0034 913604605

E-mail: gerencia@felgtb.org

Contact person: Jenifer Rebollo Norberto

Grant amount: EUR 6800

Period of implementation: January – December 2014

Summary

The project aim is to initiate creation of indicators of access to health services, benefits and interventions for LGTBI population in Spain. The organization plans to establish comparisons between Regions to document geographical disparities and complete indicators for 2008 and 2013 to assess the impact of economic crisis. The three focus areas for study are 1) HIV prevention, testing, care and support programs; b) fertility treatments and c) transgender health care. A desk review and in-depth interviews with stakeholders have been conducted as well as an online survey for LGTBI people was performed to measure different dimensions of the concept “access to health care”. 


Ukraine: Documentation of cases of discrimination in the field of access to health in the process of gender recognition procedure in Ukraine

Name of the implementing organisation: Insight Public Organisation

Contact information:

PO Box 351B, Kiev

e-mail: director@insight-ukraine.com.ua

Contact person: Yuri Frank, Olena Shevchenko

Grant amount: EUR 6868

Period of implementation: January – December 2013

Summary

Project aims at collecting quantitative and qualitative data on discrimination of transgender people in the area of health in Ukraine to make public challenges  transgender people face when applying for medical care: associated with the transition and just for health reasons. This project helped to collect evidence needed for advocacy strategy on improvement of Ukrainian legislation and to development of educational specialties for doctors and medical staff as well as providing data necessary for lobbing changes in existing procedure. Last few years of advocacy work intended to change gender recognition procedure in Ukraine clearly showed lack of documented evidence of the violation of transgender people rights in healthcare sector and proven discrimination and inhuman treatment.