According to World Health Organization, LGBTQI persons face barriers regarding their access in health services, because of stigmatization and continuous discrimination. Often, LGBTQI people avoid using their provided health services and usually they do not complete the necessary treatment for their health, as they experience stigmatizing behaviors. In addition, there are cases recorded where health professionals have denied providing services to LGBTQI persons. Surveys indicate that academic and vocational training of health professionals in LGBTQI issues is so defective that very often, these persons are forced to “train” the medical staff for their own medical care.
Considering the above, P.A.R.A.DI.S.O Program(Participatory Approach for Raise Awareness and Discrimination against Sexual and gender Orientation in healthcare sector) is funded by the European Union- Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program (REC-DISC-AG-2016).
The aim of the program is to create an accepting environment and equal access for LGBTQI people through participatory activities of training and sensitization of health professionals. Furthermore, PARADISO will try to fight the discriminations in the health system, based on sexual orientation and identity or expression of sex, while emphasizing the rights and the needs of LGBTQI persons.
To begin with, the homophobic, lesbiophobic and transphobic perceptions and attitudes of health professionals will be recorded. Consequently, guidelines and educational tools will be developed to help with the development of appropriate attitudes towards LGBTQI people within the health system. Finally, focused training will be administered to the same health professionals, using the above tools.
The participators of PARADISO program are nine partners from three countries of the European Union (Greece, France and Netherlands): the Department of Sociology of National School of Public Health, the Faculty of Nursing of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the European Forum for Primary Care (Netherlands), the Établissement Public de Santé Maison Blanche (France), the Association for Regional Development and Mental Health (EPAPSY), the Club of Midwives of Athens, the Independent Non Governmental Organization PRAKSIS, the Lesbian & Gay Community of Greece (OLKE) and the Consulting Company CMT- Prooptiki.
The duration of the program is 16 months.
(1)stands for Lesbian (L) Gay (G) Bisexual, (B) Trans, (T) Queer (Q) and Intersex (I) people.