The mission of the Health Programme is to continue expanding healthcare-related services and infrastructures to provide culturally/technically competent and needs-based services to LGBTI people through policy and practice-oriented advocacy and to enable institutional and mainstreamed application of non-discrimination in the healthcare sector in Mongolia.
The Health Programme has laid sufficient groundwork for comprehensive culturally competent and needs-based healthcare provision to LGBTI populations, with the most important advocacy results being the inclusion of non-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE in the Medical Professionals’ Ethical Guidelines, a law since November 2013, and the inclusion of the non-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE in the State Policy on Health. Work to instrumentalise these principles through practice and service provision continues by building the capacity various healthcare institutions, such as the National Mental Health Institute, Mother and Child Center, maternity hospitals, etc. The Centre has created contacts and partnerships with various actors, such as the Ministry of Health and Sports, UNFPA and UNICEF. With the broad LGBTI-related recommendation obtained from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in June 2015, there is a possibility to fully engage the healthcare sector. Formal cooperation and collaboration forms are being pursued by the Health Programme, especially with the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Expanding the Health Programme’s strategic research and academic partnerships is continuing with a view to conduct a comprehensive study of the health sector and its capacity and needs to serve the LGBTI people in a culturally competent way (with the assistance of Dr. Kimberley Dale, Sydney University, and Dr. Julie Koch, Oklahoma State University). Expanding the contacts and resources for trans populations (contacts established with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, Transgender Europe) is continuing.
The Health Programme strategy and activities:
- To provide individual counselling to the LGBTI community members in relation to their healthcare, to educate the community on LGBTI health and vulnerabilities;
- To provide transition-related information and counselling to transgender people and referrals to relevant medical establishments;
- To run the 24-hour crisis helpline for LGBTI people;
- To enable culturally and technically competent and accessible healthcare for LGBTI people at all levels;
- To build the capacity of health professionals to deliver culturally/technically competent and needs-based services for LGBTI populations, especially psycho-social, and sexual and reproductive health services at all levels of the healthcare sector;
- To include LGBTI-specific healthcare and cultural competency modules in the curriculum of relevant medical tertiary education institutions;
- To develop various policies and frameworks to sensitively cater the health needs of the LGBTI populations through policy advocacy efforts and building and/or facilitating the communities of practice through Mongolian Confederation of Trade Unions and Household Clinic Professionals’ Association.
List of projects and training done by the Health Programme:
- One-day training on LGBTI mental health for psychologists, psychiatrists and academics in the mental health area, expert: Dr Miriam Ehrenberg, August 2011
- Two-day training on LGBTI mental health for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and academics and service providers, expert: Dr Julie Koch, June 2015
- 24-hour crisis helpline since July 2015
- LGBTI health needs training for sexual and reproductive health medical doctors of the Mother and Child National Health Center, September 2016
- LGBTI mental health and cultural competency training for the clinical doctors of the National Center for Mental Health, May 2017
- Three-day training for inclusion of SOGIE in curriculum for social work educators (Youth and Health Programmes), May 2017
- Pamphlets on L, G, B, T health (a joint project by the Young Leaders of 2016 and Health Programme)