Awareness and Perceptions of Health Service Providers Regarding the Transgender Population in South Africa
Limited research has been conducted using information obtained from health service providers. The goal of this research study is to gain an understanding of the experiences of health services providers in regards to this population. Specifically, the main aims of this study are to identify and gain insight into awareness and perceptions of health service providers regarding the transgender population in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape in South Africa. Gaining insight into the amount of knowledge and the perceptions of health service providers will increase the limited current body of knowledge on the subject as well as provide the foundation to guide future programming at transgender organizations in these regions. Research and written analysis for this report was completed by Natasha Graves, a Masters in Public Health candidate at the University of California Los Angeles in the United States with degree completion in June 2014. She traveled to South Africa in 2013 to work with Gender DynamiX and S.H.E. for three months on issues relating to transgender health.