VII. Health

33. Member states should take appropriate legislative and other measures to ensure that the highest attainable standard of health can be effectively enjoyed without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity; in particular, they should take into account the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the development of national health plans including suicide prevention measures, health surveys, medical curricula, training courses and materials, and when monitoring and evaluating the quality of health-care services.

34. Appropriate measures should be taken in order to avoid the classification of homosexuality as an illness, in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organisation.

35. Member states should take appropriate measures to ensure that transgender persons have effective access to appropriate gender reassignment services, including psychological, endocrinological and surgical expertise in the field of transgender health care, without being subject to unreasonable requirements; no person should be subjected to gender reassignment procedures without his or her consent.

36. Member states should take appropriate legislative and other measures to ensure that any decisions limiting the costs covered by health insurance for gender reassignment procedures should be lawful, objective and proportionate.

Activities conducted within the framework of the LGBT Project

Multilateral meeting

IDAHO / Transgender legal issues

Transgender legal issues: gender recognition, right of access to health institutions, anti-discrimination

Multilateral meeting

Seminar on Health and Social Welfare

Focusing on health issues and social welfare in the light of the LGBT Community: exchanging good practices


Training of service providers

Inspection of main health institutions in Tirana and drafting of inspecting guidelines with respect to the LGBT community to be included in the NHP


Workshop and brochure on

Transgender and Intersex Issues

Training for LGBT NGOs, OII, CPD, and the Ombudsman on transgender and intersex issues


Training and guidelines for social workers, medical staff and

school teachers

Materials for social workers, medical staff and teachers. Covering LGBT issues regarding families, youth, minority groups


LGBT shelter

Providing a safe haven for LGBT youth abandoned by their families.


Training of Centers for Social Work employees

Providing trainings to employees of Centers for Social Work employees regarding LGBT issues