Improving Access to Health & Justice Services for the LGBTI Community

Improving Access to Health & Justice Services for the LGBTI Community

his intervention targets capacity building and behaviour change amongst health care workers and police officers who are first responders to sexual assault, enabling them to competently provide the necessary support to victims and ensuring access to healthcare services and improving prospects for positive health outcomes.

This programme works towards addressing stigma and discrimination against the LGBTI community by: 1. Sensitising frontline workers on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues as well as the health and justice service needs of the LGBTI community, especially those targeted for hate crimes because of their sexual orientation or gender non-conformity, and 2. Addressing the high rates of neglect and lack of service to the LGBTI community, in particular the community’s immediate needs to obtain HIV testing and PEP.

Programme Feedback: Interviews

The programme was launched at the South African Police Service (SAPS) station in Tsakane, Gauteng in March 2017. Here is some of the feedback from participants that demonstrates the impact that the programme has had so far.