ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

Group in Botswana Works to Improve Health Care for Trans, Intersex People

09/14/2020 | South Florida Gay News

An advocacy group in Botswana is working with medical providers to improve transgender and intersex people’s access to health care. African Women for Sexual Health and Gender Justice in late January conducted a training over a three-day period in the Batswana capital of Gaborone. Eleven health care providers — seven doctors, four nurses, a patient counselor and an endocrinologist — participated in the training. Five of the attendees work at Princess Marina Hospital, a public hospital in Gaborone. One of the doctors is affiliated with the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, while two others work at private clinics. Two other trainee attendees work at a youth clinic in Francistown, a city in eastern Botswana near the country’s border with Zimbabwe, and a third is from the nearby village of Mandunyane. African Women for Sexual Health and Gender Justice Managing Director Hazel Mokgathi told the Washington Blade that “human rights violations against a number of trans women have been documented” in Mandunyane.

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