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IGNITE! Small Scale Project Vietnam

IGNITE! Small Scale Project Vietnam

Sensitizing Health Care Services

Qui works with the  Working group for Equality and Diversity (WED) as the team leader. He is also a member of Bridging the gap project in Vietnam, supported by MSMGF and works with young gay men encouraging them to take periodical HIV tests under a  project sponsored by The Global Fund. At age 24 he is one of the young MSM leaders from Vietnam.

Advocacy on access to health services is one of Qui’s passions and priorities. “Many of my friends and peers do not access health services even if they are available. Many healthcare providers are not friendly towards young MSM and young transgender people, and this makes invisible walls which prevent young MSM and young transgender people practicing their right to healthcare”, explained Qui talking about actual and perceived stigma and discrimination associated with health services in Vietnam. “We need to work with health services to bring changes to them but at the same time we should also work within our communities to promote these services among our community members” he further mentioned.

Qui’s small scale project takes a straightforward approach to advocate within selected health services to make them friendlier towards young gay men and young transgender people. Based on the Jumping Hurdles Discussion paper, Qui will conduct a number of discussions and explore the challenges and opportunities to bring changes to these clinics. His project will also develop materials to be placed within clinics that will help to showcase that these clinics are friendly towards LGBT people. These may include posters, banners with LGBT symbols and messaging, small give away materials and etc.

“My project aims to address this problem with two approaches. While advocating with the services for positive changes we will promote these services within community focusing on the changes that the clinics are undertaking to provide friendlier services. This way we can work hand in hand to address the HIV epidemic.”

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Written by Niluka Perera

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