Making Trans-Gender Healthcare a Priority in India- Journey towards Social Inclusion

  • Govind K Bansal School of Management and Business Studies, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4847-0998
  • Shibu John School of Management and Business Studies, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi.
Keywords: Transgender, Hijra, Social Inclusion, SRS, No Me without Me

Abstract

Introduction: Transgender includes trans-men and trans-women, persons with intersex variations, gender-queers, and persons with socio-cultural identities. Any normal parent expects a binary outcome out of the nine months long pregnancy, however, for some, life changes when the expected outcome is different. Objective: The article tends to understand the life of transgender/Hijra in India with respect to specific healthcare needs along with constitutional mechanism to extend them their legal rights. Method: The researcher reviewed available literature to analyse the issues and challenges in accessing healthcare services by the transgender community. Grey literature and qualitative methods like consultation/ interviews with communities and subject experts were also done to supplement the study outcomes. Results: The study shows that after a long movement, transgender were formally given recognition in 21st century in India. Currently, we have a number to begin with. WHO’s ICD-11 included “gender identity disorders” as “gender incongruence” in its new chapter on sexual health. Interactions with key experts and community reveals different specific needs of transgender population. Conclusion: Five points as way forward to improve health care accessibility of transgender in India: Creating an enabling environment before the next Census in India; addressing stigma and other issues that make transgender people vulnerable to health risks; extending equal human and legal rights to transgender; revising the medical curriculum so as to include a chapter on transgender health; and No Me Without Me.

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Author Biography

Shibu John, School of Management and Business Studies, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi.

HoD and Professor at Department of Health and Hospital Management at Jamia Hamdard- a deemed to be University in South Delhi. 

Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
1.
Bansal GK, John S. Making Trans-Gender Healthcare a Priority in India- Journey towards Social Inclusion. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020Jun.30 [cited 2020Sep.30];32(2):324 -329. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1320
Section
Review Article