Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has advised health care providers in Mangochi District to avoid segregating people when administering services.
CHRR programme officer Nyatuwe Phiri made the appeal on Tuesday during a workshop for health care providers from Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponda in the district.
The workshop, implemented under a Project called Get Up, Speak Out (Guso), sought to remind health workers of the existence of minority groups such as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) as a starting point to create a friendly environment for them.
She said: “You need to look at every individual from a human rights perspective. Health care providers should treat everyone with human dignity irrespective of sexual orientation.”
Phiri appealed to health personnel to be receptive when such minority groups seek services. She added that some members of the minority groups shun health centres because of segregation.
District youth friendly health services (YFHS) coordinator Gift Gomani commended CHRR and pledged to assist everyone without segregation.