Reinforcing “leave no one behind” – Reaching out to vulnerable population

2018 October 29

We shall continue to look for those who are at risk of being left behind. Thank you Anu Savio Thelly, our dynamic fellow traveller in Puducherry, for giving us the opportunity to work with you in caring for LGBTQI population. Anu, who works in the Department of Palliative Medicine at MGMCRI, writes:

Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMCRI) in Puducherry has taken a leading step to understand and address the needs and problems of the usually ignored LGBTQI population in India. Our goal is to eventually improve their quality of life and to reinforce the mission of “leaving no one behind”.

A two-day workshop was jointly organized by Sahodaran Community Oriented Health Development (SCOHD), a Puducherry based NGO for LGBTQI, and Transgender Clinic of MGMCRI, in collaboration with Pallium India. We tried to explore the concerns of this marginalized community and attempted to improve their coping behavior. It was all about identifying allies in the heterosexual community and empowering them to seek help when they are in need. We know that this is but a drop in the ocean; nonetheless, it is a beginning.

In the picture: Group discussion guided by Dr.Seema Rao (left), PhD Scholars, Dr. Vidhya, Dr. Ambujamm Sreedevi, Dr Sameera J, Ms. Sumitha, Ms. Sheetal (Founder of SCOHD and Nayak) & Mrs. Latha Srikanth.

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