Global impact

One of the primary goals of WPATH is to promote the highest standards of health care for individuals through education and training globally. Since the implementation of the Global Education Initiative, WPATH GEI leaders and clinicians have worked with several partner organizations globally to train and mentor individuals around the world who are working with providers across institutional and community levels.

WPATH Collaborations

American Medical Student Association (AMSA); Chantilly, VA, USA

Ochsner Clinic; New Orleans, LA, USA

Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN); Bangkok, Thailand

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); Portland, OR, USA

Borrego Health; Borrego Springs, CA, USA

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Washington, DC, USA

Callen Lorde Community Health Center; New York, NY, USA

The Peking University Third Hospital; Peking, China

Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI); Hanoi, Vietnam Profamilia; Bogota, Columbia, South America                                                             

Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Cincinnati, OH, USA

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital; San Francisco, CA, USA

Eisenhower Health; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

Silver Hill Hospital; New Canaan, CT, USA

Equitas Health; Columbus, OH, USA

Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA); Akron, OH, USA

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (MSSM); Mount Sinai School of Medicine; New York, NY, USA

University of Alberta, The Gender Program; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP); Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

University of Minnesota, Transgender Health Services; Minneapolis, MN, USA

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF); London, UK 

Weiss Hospital; Chicago, IL, USA

Jagiellonian University; Krakow, Poland

World Association for Sexual Health (WAS); Minneapolis, MN, USA

KidsTLC; Olathe, KS, USA

WHO (World Health Organization); Geneva, Switzerland

Ministry of Health of Kyrgyz Republic; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Yukon Government; Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

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Below, please see highlights from our recent collaborative projects. 




Hanoi, Vietnam
January 14-17, 2020


On January 14 – 17, 2020, members and staff of WPATH traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam at the invitation request of Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI).

With a new law to support transgender health in the hands of the government, there was a real need to educate clinicians. The curriculum was presented in English with simultaneous translation for attendees. Over the 4-day training, topics were presented in didactic format with accompanying slides, case discussions, audience question & answer. The topics over the first two-days and for all attendees included Introduction to Trans Health, Foundations in Mental Health, Primary Care, Hormonal Treatment for Adolescents and Adults, Foundations in Gender Affirming Care, Gender Development, Surgery, Caring for the Transitioning Client and Ethics. The third day, the group was split into medical, mental health and child & adolescent full-day workshops and on day four, the group was split into a Planning and Documenting course or Ethics.

This training was the first-ever of its kind in Vietnam and included input from clinicians and community members. The goal was to inform and to listen to the attendees who were engaged and felt comfortable to ask many questions, this led to a very interactive learning experience which was promising and left all of us feeling that the interest and concern expressed, meant that clinicians are anxious for laws to be passed that will enable them to work with, treat and assist their patients and their families.

WPATH was grateful for this opportunity and we will continue to work with SCDI to help to ensure that the final law that is passed in Vietnam is current, helpful and will lead to good care for the transgender community.

Click Here to Read the Full Course Summary (English)


3rd Annual Chinese Symposium of Medical Care for The Transgender community

Beijing, China
November 29, 2019
Translated from Mandarin

2019 Annual Series Therapy of Transgender Health Meeting in Beijing

Led by Dr. Bailin Pan, Plastic Surgeon, The Peking University Third Hospital hosted the 3rd Annual Chinese Symposium of Medical Care for the Transgender Community on November 29, 2019. The conference was attended by 26 people from across China and Hong Kong. The purpose of the symposium was to bring activists and health care professionals together to improve to care for transgender individuals throughout China. The invited plenary speaker, Dr. Gail Knudson, delivered an address on WPATH’s Global Education Initiative (GEI) and her role as Co-Chair of the GEI Committee. Invited guest speakers included Kasper Wan from the Hong Kong Gender Empowerment Society, and Sachi from the Beijing LGBT Center. Topics included speech therapy and vocal surgery by Dr. Qian Hou from Beijing Friendship Hospital, mental health and psychological support by Prof. Rengang Wu and Prof. Peicheng Hu from Peking University and Xiaolan Di from Beijing Huilongguan Hospital, adolescent care by Sachi from the Beijing LGBT Center, hormone therapy by Dr. Ye Liu from Peking University Third Hospital and surgeries by Dr. Yede Zhao from Shanghai Changhai Hospital and Dr. Xin Yang, and Dr. Bi Li from Peking University Third Hospital. Guided questions were posed after each presentation to address key concerns in each topic area.


Health and quality of life of transgender people in central asia: Achievements, barriers and perspectives

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
September 25-27, 2019

On September 25-27, the first scientific and educational conference, Health and quality of life of transgender people in Central Asia: achievements, barriers and perspectives took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The conference was organized with support from the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyz Republic, World Professionals Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), WPATH’s Global Education Initiative (WPATH GEI), Transgender Europe (TGEU), Soros Foundation - Kyrgyzstan (SFK) and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Central Asian organizations Alma-TQ (Kazakhstan), LighT (Tajikistan), Labrys (Kyrgyzstan) and others were involved in planning and organizing the Conference, identifying important topics and objectives for the event, forming delegations, and developing the Conference program. The organizers were trans* activists representing trans* initiatives and organizations focused on trans* issues from different countries within Central Asia.

The conference was dedicated to the promotion of health, safety, visibility and inclusion of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people in Central Asia.



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