Project Partners

Main Partners

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry for Health (ODPM)

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer within the ODPM in Malta is responsible for the ongoing development, coordination and review of quality health care services provided to the public, while maintaining an ongoing process of consultation with stakeholders.  It provides strategic direction and advice for the national health system through policy development and co-ordination. Its mission is to strategically lead, support and coordinate a sustainable, integrated, accessible & responsive health system, built on competence, quality and efficiency.

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Malta College of Family Doctors (MCFD)

The MCFD is the entity responsible for the translation of the philosophy, vision, academic and professional development of doctors in Primary Care in Malta.  The College is entrusted with the continued professional development and the continued medical education of family doctors and for the vocational training of medical doctors opting to enter the speciality of family medicine in Malta.

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Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN)

The MUMN was founded in 1990 then known as the Malta Union of Midwives (MUM). The MUM was set up by midwives working in the Public Service with the aim of playing a decisive role in shaping all matters appertaining to the development of policy that affects both midwives, mothers and babies whom they care for. As a non-political organization in its dual role as a trade union and as a professional body seeking to further the professional development of midwives, the welfare of women and their children were the cornerstone that deeply entrenched MUMN’s philosophy. In 1996, the MUM’s statute was amended to also include nurses and since became Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses. As of 2014 allied healthcare professionals were also invited to join as members. Today, the MUMN holds the sole recognition of Physiotherapists, ECG Technicians and Social Workers employed within the Public Service/Sector and is the fourth largest union in Malta.
Ghent University Hospital (GUH)
GUH in Ghent, Belgium hosts the interdisciplinary Gender Team.  The Gender Team started in 1986 and has extensive expertise in providing tailored care for transgender people, both minors and adults. Experts from different specialisms work together to ensure the quality of every care process. Adults and young people who have questions about their gender identity can register at the Centre for Sexology and Gender. A psychiatrist and/or psychologist (sexologist) will guide them and their families through the transition process which is individualised and aims at improving their quality of life. The Gender Team is internationally recognised, and actively takes part in trans research to continuously improve their clinical work.
Associate Partners
European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association​ (ILGA-Europe)
ILGA-Europe is a driving force for political, legal and social change in Europe and Central Asia. Their vision is of a world where dignity, freedoms and full enjoyment of human rights are protected and ensured to everyone regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. ILGA-Europe is an independent, international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together over 600 organisations from 54 countries in Europe and Central Asia. They are part of the wider international ILGA organisation, but ILGA-Europe was established as a separate region of ILGA and an independent legal entity in 1996. ILGA itself was created in 1978.
Transgender Europe (TGEU)

TGEU is a member-based organisation created in 2005 with currently 140 member organisations in 44 different countries. Its mission is to give trans people a voice and platform in Europe, Central Asia and the rest of the world. They advocate for trans rights and social justice, raise awareness on issues trans people face and support a strong trans movement in collaboration with others. TGEU envisions Europe, Central Asia and the rest of the world free from discrimination, where each person can live according to their gender identity and gender expression without interference and where trans people are respected and valued. TGEU works towards this vision through advocacy work, community building and monitoring projects.

Other Partners

Although not officially listed as partners, Steward Health Care, the Gender Wellbeing Clinic within MFH, the Council of Europe SOGI Unit and the Gent Transgender Infopunt will also be collaborating on the project.
Steward HeaLth Care (SHC)

SHC is the largest private, for profit physician led health care network in the United States of America (USA). Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, SHC operates 37 hospitals in the USA and Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. SHC’s unique health care service delivery model leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to keep patients healthier. With a culture that prioritizes agility, resourcefulness, and continuous improvement, SHC is recognised as one of the world’s leading accountable care organisations. SHC Malta runs 3 hospitals across the Maltese Islands: Karin Grech Hospital (KGH), St Luke’s Hospital (SLH), and Gozo General Hospital (GGH).
Gender Wellbeing Clinic (GWC)
The GWC is part of Malta’s National Health Service launched in 2018 and aims to offer transgender inclusive healthcare and access to safe therapy, through a multidisciplinary, person-centred and holistic approach to care.  The team is clinically led by the endocrinologist and comprises of the clinic nurse, social worker, psychologists, family therapist, speech and language pathologist, psychiatrist, gynaecologist, urologist and plastic surgeon. Any transgender persons seeking gender affirmative health care, may be referred to this clinic by a medical doctor, a psychologist or a social worker using a specific referral form accessible on​
Ghent Transgender Infopunt (TIP)
The TIP at Ghent University Hospital is the Flemish centre for everyone with questions: transgender or gender variant people themselves, their family & significant others, care providers, educators, teachers, employers, etc. Through their free service, they offer personal support (including a buddy support system for partners and parents). Their website is regularly fed with scientific based information on identity, care (including a care map with all trans care providers), different life domains such as school or work, and practical (administrative) information, for instance for legal gender recognition procedures. They also act as a discrimination/complaints office for discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. Lastly, they offer tailored consultancy and conduct trans research.
Council of Europe SOGI Unit
The Council of Europe standards and mechanisms seek to promote and ensure respect for the human rights of every individual, including equal rights and dignity of LGBTI persons. The SOGI Unit has been in charge of the work on sexual orientation and gender identity issues within the Council of Europe since 2014. The Unit oversees the implementation of the Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity (CM/Rec (2010)5). Its activities include providing technical support and expertise upon the request of member States to review national legislation and drafting policies; capacity building of administration staff and law enforcement, including through peer-to-peer exchanges and sharing of good practices; and awareness raising of the relevant stakeholders and general public.​

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