YAC launches Trans-help App

Wasim Sajjad

Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) Pakistan hosted a virtual launching ceremony of its baseline research on transgender from three districts (Peshawar, Swat and Lahore) and Trans-help App.

Through multi-stakeholder engagement and the use of digital platforms and Artificial Intelligence, Youth Advocacy Council (YAC), a registered youth-led organization in Pakistan, conduct social and educational interventions that aimed at educating, sensitizing, and empowering marginalized groups and young people in Pakistan and prevent Trans communities from HIV/AIDS and transphobic stigmas.

In partnership with Gilead Sciences Inc., YAC developed an inclusive app to enhance access to health care services and combat transphobic stigmas, educate 50,000 transgender and youth and empower them to protect and secure their lives from not only HIV/AIDS but other endemic diseases.

The webinar was open to experts from not only nonprofit sector but also for trans community, approximately 21 participants were in attendance.

During the session, an overview of the baseline study, its major findings and preview of Trans-help App was presented.

Founder and President, YAC Pakistan, Muhammad Awais Abid and Co-Founder & CEO YAC Pakistan, Mohsin Khan were on hand to open the session, starting off with introduction of organization, a detailed explanation of the baseline study was presented involving demographics, findings based on vulnerabilities and discriminatory practices against trans communities.

The panelists urged Government of Pakistan, UNAIDS, National AIDS Control Programme Pakistan , national and international media houses and other stakeholders to provide necessary technical and financial support to youth-led and community-based organizations to combat increasing prevalence of HIV infections and stigmatization of being HIV positive.

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