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Training: Best Practice Guide for Governments on the engagement of trans people in the Development of National Strategic Plans (NSP)

In every country with available data, trans populations are among the most affected groups by HIV. In all regions, trans populations experience high levels of structural and societal stigma, discrimina tion and violence that hinder the availability and access to health services, including those related to HIV. Despite this, trans populations are frequently not included in national data-collection efforts or are not recognized by national governments as priority populations in their HIV responses.

As a result, meaningful inclusion of trans people in National Strategic Plans (NSPs) is rare and this exclusion continues to contribute to poor HIV-related health outcomes within this population and leads to comparatively low levels of trans-specific fund- ing and programming. Donors are increasingly prioritizing funding for interventions that are included in NSPs, so justifying inclusion of priorities not aligned with NSPs is burdensome and challenging.

As such, where it has been accomplished, inclusion of trans populations in NSPs has helped to increase both domestic and international funding for trans communities. This guide for national governments therefore seeks to address the exclusion gap by developing best practice guidelines that provide clear steps and appropriate language that governments can use to facilitate and foster the meaningful engagement and involvement of trans communities in the development of NSPs.

This is an open-access course designed to help trans and gender diverse activists to address their exclusion from HIV National Strategic Plans (NSPs). 

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