Name of the activity: Miss Sexuality

Country/NMO: Ecuador (AEMPPI-Ecuador)

Program: Gender Based Violence

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Education. Education on health issues for specific societal groups, either in the form of projects (set of tasks for a certain group over a fixed period of time), events (something notable that happens) or conferences (form meeting about ideas related to a particular topic, usually over several days).

General description:

Miss Sexuality is conference aiming to prepare medical students to be able to provide quality health services to LGTBI patients; who have a higher probability of having suffered gender violence. The symposium will include topics of interest such as the history of medicine and the LGTBI community, identity disorders and bodily integrity, as well as clinical management, surgery and psychological support for people who decide to undergo a gender change.

Focus area:

Inadequate Medical Access for LGTBI

Problem statement:

Different points of view regarding sex, gender, and gender identity had emerged. As medical students, it is not only necessary to clarify the terms used to study them, but also to learn how to manage patients. Most outdated health related professionals consider transsexuality as a “pathology” which needs to be diagnosis. According to the INEC, 77% of LGBTI patients are victims of discrimination, and request psychological support, and thus future practitioners urged to be prepared

Target groups:

Medical students, LGBTQIA+ community

Beneficiaries:

General population, Medical students

Objectives and indicators of success:

General Objective

– To capacitate 40 medical students about terminology used such as: sex, gender, and sexual and gender identity. Additionally, to present the tools needed to participate in a correct medical interview with patients from the LGBTI community and others who had suffered from gender violence. This objective is going to be reached by implementing a forum, in addition to a series of talks with topics related to psychology and sexual health. We aim for this to happen in the month of May 2019, in the UIDE classrooms

Specific Objectives:

– To Educate about the correct terminology about sexual psychology

– To educate about the new CIE-11 classification

– To learn about the history of the LGBTI community in Ecuador and their experiences with the public health system

– To learn how to act, diagnose and treat mental diseases, related to identity issues and body integrity.

Methodology:

Before:

– Fill annexes 12 in English and Spanish

– Coordinate the contact with the doctors about the conference

– Find the place for the event

– Elaborate a spreadsheet to coordinate the people assisting to the event and the payment

– Elaborate a WhatsApp group with the people attending the event for active communication

– Elaborate the initial test and the topics of the forum

During:

– The conference is divided in 3 parts:

– First part: small test that examine the background knowledge of the auditory followed by a small forum discussing: The role of chromosomes in sexuality

– Second part: history of the mental diseases related to transsexuality and the problems in the society

– Third part: clinical management of the LGTBI patient, when to have sex reassignment surgery, and the psychological support for the transition

After:

– Report

Plans for evaluation:

Prior to the start of the conference, a small multiple option test made in Google form will be sent to all participants. The test will evaluate basic knowledge about medical history and the correct use of concepts, how to identity disorders, and knowledge about how to act in scenarios where the patient is transsexual. The same test will be given at the end of the conference as it will serve as feedback for us coordinators. It will be sent through the WhatsApp group created for the project, in addition to new questions added to test how beneficial the conference was. The most important point to be evaluated is whether the medical student is prepared for these scenarios, including gender violence, or how they think the talks could be improved.