Equality and freedom from discrimination

 
Blood Donation
 
The National Blood Transfusion Service within the National Health Service adopted an improved screening system which greatly diminishes the window period during which newly contracted viruses may go undetected. As of September 2019, the blood donor policy for men who have sex with men was revised from a lifetime to a one year deferral.
 
Older LGBTIQ Persons
 
 
During 2019, discussions with the Department for Active Aging and Community Care, led to two training sessions with employees in managerial positions. The sessions dealt with how to be more aware that LGBTIQ people are present in all spheres of life and how to interact with them.
 
The success of these sessions led to communication with St Vincent de Paule and the private sector. Various private residences for the elderly run by Care Malta have undertaken training which was attended by both management and staff, while ongoing sessions are being held at St Vincent de Paule with nurses and care workers.
 
EU Roadmap to Advance LGBTIQ Equality
 
 
The SOGIGESC Unit worked with Malta’s Permanent Representation in Brussels to garner support for a non-paper advocating for an EU roadmap to advance LGBTI equality. This garnered the support of 19 member states and was presented on the 6th of December 2018. 
 
 
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