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AMRI Hospital Launches Kolkata’s First Transgender Care Unit

In a groundbreaking move towards inclusive healthcare, AMRI Hospital has unveiled Kolkata's inaugural Transgender Care Unit, addressing the persistent challenges faced by the transgender community in accessing healthcare due to stigma and marginalization.

By Rekha Joshi 
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In a groundbreaking move towards inclusive healthcare, AMRI Hospital has unveiled Kolkata’s inaugural Transgender Care Unit, addressing the persistent challenges faced by the transgender community in accessing healthcare due to stigma and marginalization.

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AMRI Hospital Launches Kolkata’s First Transgender Care Unit


This pioneering initiative, operational at AMRI Hospital, Mukundapur, signifies a significant step towards inclusivity in the healthcare sector. The unit’s introduction is a result of a collaboration with Inner Wheel District 329, part of the ‘Rainbow for Inclusivity’ program by an international social service organization.

Key features of the Transgender Care Unit include specially earmarked beds, dedicated OPD timings, and an array of benefits such as discounted investigations, expedited admission processes, and a dedicated help desk. Beyond addressing common health issues, the unit is equipped to meet the specific medical needs of transgender patients, offering services like hormone therapy and surgical interventions.

Rupak Barua, Advisor, Strategy and Planning at AMRI Hospitals, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to be the first healthcare group in Kolkata to take this inclusive step, addressing the healthcare needs of the transgender community comprehensively.”

Kolkata’s First Transgender Care Unit


The Transgender Care Unit ensures complete privacy, with a commitment to a confidential healthcare experience. Specially trained nursing staff are on hand to provide personalized care, understanding the unique needs of the transgender community, alongside earmarked beds for a supportive and understanding environment.

Ms. Dipannita Gooptu, Chairperson of Inner Wheel District 329, shared the origins of the idea, inspired by noted danseuse and social activist Alokananda Roy. The ‘Rainbow for Inclusivity’ program was initiated in the centennial year, with support from Ms. Roy and her adoptive daughter, Anuprabha, a trans-woman, and her husband, Bappaditya. This collaboration led to the introduction of IPD services at AMRI.

Ms. Alokananda Roy emphasized the significance of proper healthcare for the transgender community, recounting her daughter’s struggle with dengue. She stated, “The step taken by AMRI is not just important; it will also go a long way in raising awareness about other hospitals to extend such support, eliminating healthcare disparities for the transgender community.”

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