Views of Transgender Persons
& Hijras Associated with The Global Fund Program, in India

Learning Guide: The Global Fund Processes for Transgender Communities

The authors, working for Pehchan, conducted a series of interviews with their colleagues to understand the impact of programming and funds provided by the Global Fund on transgender people in India. The interviews, either in local language or English, were done through a structured questionnaire that focused on four main components: personal history, trans scenario in India, Global Fund Program experiences, and specific recommendations for future interventions.

The report is based on interviews of transgender persons and hijras across India who worked with or clients of Pehchan, and it captures the human stories explaining personal struggles in claiming of identity.

Asia and the Pacific Transgender Organisation Mapping Report: Finding Our Place. Finding Our Voice.

APTN ‘Finding Our Place, Finding Our Voice’ mapping report 2015 is the first attempt for  the regional network to map out the transgender organization in Asia and Pacific. In the effort of the report, APTN has been able to reflect crucial needs, priorities, and capture the work that was being done by the community for the community of transgender people with limited resources. The report also cover the issues faced by transgender organization to do its work, such as limited funding, engagement with other network, and also types of issues and advocacy covered by each organizations. Planned as annual report, APTN aims and encourage more transgender organization to participate on the mapping excercise in the future”


Transgender Day of Remembrance Media Toolkit and terminology resource (2015)

In a climate of criminalisation, where law enforcement agencies themselves perpetrate violence with impunity, it is not surprising that violence against transgender people is underreported and inadequately investigated. In this region and globally, transgender organisations have attempted to monitor the most extreme forms of violence: when transgender people have been killed because of their gender identity. This violence remains invisible and unreported when States do not legislate against family violence and leave families to enforce social norms, standards of respectability, and morality. 

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network has released a Transgender Day of Remembrance Media Toolkit and terminology resource to guide the media to a fair and inclusive coverage and reporting on transgender people. 


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The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is the first international ‘pooled’ fund that specifically aims to strengthen international networks around the world in the area of HIV. In 2014, RCNF entered into a partnership with the Global Fund to expand and strengthen meaningful engagement of key populations and women across Global Fund related processes and platforms. APTN was one of the grant recipients of RCNF’s Global Fund Special Initiative and acknowledges RCNF support. 

The Global Fund Learning Guide is prepared to build knowledge and advocacy skills of transgender communities in Asia on the functions and processes of the Global Fund and how best to monitor support for transgender-related activities.

APTN Fact Sheets: Being Trans in Asia and the Pacific.
"I think I might be Trans and other resources"

These resources have been created by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) for trans people, their families, friends and colleagues. There are some huge gaps in the information available to trans people across Asia and the Pacific. APTN asked its members to share the most common questions they are asked in their country. Those issues are covered in the following 7 resources: 

  1. I think I might be trans
  2. Telling others that you are trans
  3. Changing your appearance or gender expression
  4. Legal transition steps
  5. Other legal issues for trans people
  6. Medical transition steps
  7. Keeping safe and strong

Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care For Trans People

The Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint is a tool for the work we all do to improve health and human rights for trans people and trans communities. It is a comprehensive, accessible trans health reference document for trans community advocates, health professionals, policymakers, and those who design or deliver services to trans people.

The Blueprint provides information about the current health and human rights situation for trans people in Asia and the Pacific. This includes clinical advice about meeting the health needs of trans children, youth and adults. In addition, the Blueprint includes good practice examples provided by health professionals and/or trans communities about health initiatives that are working in this region. It describes policies that are making a difference in trans people’s lives.


Agenda in Transition: 
Advancing Actions to Secure the Health and Rights of Transgender
People in Asia and the Pacific

Transgender people in Asia and the Pacific face many challenges in claiming their rights in general, and specifically their right to health care.

Through capacity building the transgender community can be empowered to promote transgenderpositive attitudes and advocate for competent, comprehensive and accessible health services. In order to identify priority actions for the health and rights of transgender people in Asia and the Pacific, the Agenda in Transition regional community consultation was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in February 2014.

Lost in Transition: 
Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the
Asia-Pacific Region

The report aims to provide a research framework to guide governments, civil society, donors and key stakeholders to design and produce relevant research as part of collective effort to reduce the extreme vulnerability of transgender people to HIV, while protecting their rights in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The conceptualization and development process underlying this report arose out of two meetings: the Asia Pacific Regional Dialogue of the Global Commission on HIV and the Lawheld on 17 February 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand and the Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Populations Multi-City HIV Initiative Regional Action Planning Meeting held on 6-9 December 2010 in Hong Kong. During both meetings transgender participants called for increased targeted research relating to transgender persons, human rights and access to health services.

Regional assessment of HIV, STI and other health needs of transgender people in Asia and the Pacific

There has been ongoing concern by MSM and transgender organizations that the transgender community in Asia and the Pacific has been ignored.

At the request of transgender delegates at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific held in Busan, Republic of Korea, and in line with contextualizing implementation of the WHO global and regional guidance for HIV interventions among MSM and transgender people, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, in collaboration with APTN, UNDP, the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) and the WHO Regional Office for the South-East Asia Region, commissioned an assessment report on the state of transgender health in Asia and the Pacific. The assessment included current concerns related to HIV, STI and sexual health, as well as technical recommendations to WHO and Member States in the region. Report available in English only.

Joint Regional Technical Brief: 
HIV, STIs and Other Health Needs among Transgender People in Asia-Pacific

Transgender people have special health needs that have been severely neglected. 

This Joint Regional Technical Brief, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Other Essential Health Needs among Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific, was developed by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the United Nations Development Programme and the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in response to mounting demand from Member States and civil society organizations working with transgender people in Asia and the Pacific. It is intended to raise awareness, advocate for necessary actions, and provide guidance and technical assistance.

I believe this is the beginning and we will have a very encouraging and supportive environment for transgender people.
— Kate Cordova