Jamia Hamdard organises 3rd Int’l Conference on transgender healthcare

NEW DELHI: Rufaida College of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard in collaboration with Association for Transgender Health in India (ATHI) conducted the 3rd International conference IPATHCON 2022 recently at Jamia Hamdard. The theme for the conference was “Building foundations for the delivery of Transgender Healthcare in the Indian sub-continent”. The aim of the conference was to advocate for the provision of affordable, accessible and standardised Transgender Healthcare.
The conference started with the inaugural session on 28th October, 2022. The welcome address was delivered by Prof. Veena Sharma, Principal, Rufaida College of Nursing, Jamia Hamdard. Dr. Sanjay Kalra, President, Indian Professional Association for Transgender Health (IPATH) presented the scope of the conference. Air Cmde (Dr.) Sanjay Sharma (Retd.), CEO & Managing Director, ATHI elaborated upon the vision of ATHI. Dr. Lin Fraser, Director and Founder- World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) deliberated upon “Reflections on Transgender history and heritage-50 years as a Gender Therapist”.
Shri Alok Saxena, Additional Secretary and Director General, National AIDS Control Organization was the Chief Guest for the programme. He emphasized upon the importance of bringing about reforms and policies in the healthcare for the transgender population. Prof. (Dr.) M. Afshar Alam, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard delivered the presidential address and assured that Jamia Hamdard will continue to contribute to all such activities that are working for the upliftment of the society.
The conference involved speakers from all over the globe like USA, Australia, Pakistan, etc. to share their professional experiences regarding Transgender Healthcare through scientific paper presentations, case discussions, monoacting etc. There were sessions on building foundations: Government initiatives, community initiatives, social and legal issues related to Transgender healthcare. Further, there were sessions by Doctors and Surgeons performing gender affirmation surgery including reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries; mental health professionals including Psychiatrists and Psychologists, Endocrinologists, Paediatricians, Gynecologists, Voice Therapists, social scientists and social workers, members of self-support groups and parent support groups.
There were interactive sessions on mental healthcare, legal issues, entrepreneurship etc. Further, there were hands on workshops and scholar presentations on different topics related to Transgender population. On the first day, cultural program was presented by the Transgender people, which was highly appreciated by all present. The conference witnessed the presence of around 250 members of Transgender community, Professional Nurses, student nurses, and members of social NGOs, medical professionals, health management professionals and media persons. The conference was telecast live and was attended by over 1000 people from across the globe.