A second training session entitled “Accessible and Adequate Health Care for All” was held.

Within the project “Accessible and Adequate Health Care for All”, last weekend (31 May and 1 June), NGO Juventas held a two-day training for 20 medical staff employed in healthcare institutions throughout Montenegro, including contact persons for cooperation with LGBT community.

The project “Accessible and Adequate Health Care for All”, motivated by the reported homophobia among medical workers and the lack of opportunities for additional training of medical workers on issues related to the health of LGBT people, was initiated by NGO Juventas in September 2013 with the main goal of supporting and protecting LGBT human rights in the field of providing health care services in Montenegro.

A first training session entitled “Accessible and adequate health care for all” held

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NGO Juventas held a two-day training for 20 Montenegrin medical students, as well as representatives of the Montenegrin Medical Students International Committee, as part of the project “Accessible and adequate health care for all”. The training took place from 25 April to 27 April 2014 in Bečići.

The project “Accessible and adequate health care for all” was initiated by NGO Juventus in September 2013, with the main aim of supporting and protecting LGBT human rights in the field of providing health care services in Montenegr

Specific goals of this program include sensitization and raising the capacity of at least 20 health workers and 20 medical students for working with the LGBT community, as well as raising the level of tolerance and understanding towards LGBT people and providing useful information on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, with the aim of improving communication and the relationship between doctors and patients.

This training confirmed that the topics discussed represent a significant, but so far poorly processed segment of the medical students’ education. It was once again noted that these and similar activities represent a very useful method for sensitizing future medical workers about the needs and health issues related to different sexual orientation and gender identity, which will contribute to a better relationship between doctors and patients, as well as raising the level of trust that LGBT people have in healthcare providers.

The project was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Matra Embassy Program funding (Kingdom of Netherlands).