Write Us In – a campaign to ensure equitable access to healthcare for LGBTI people
Every year millions of marginalised people around the world are denied access to life-saving healthcare.
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance launched the campaign – Write Us In – in May which ran over IDAHOT. The campaign drew attention to the need to include LGBTI people and other marginalised groups in new post-2015 health goal. For IDHAOT, the campaign highlighted the specific health needs of young LGBTI people. As part of the campaign, the Alliance organised a high-level meeting on the fringes of the World Health Assembly in collaboration with Ministries of Health of Luxembourg and Ecuador and UNAIDS. The Alliance invited Brant Luswata, a young gay man and LGBTI health advocate from Icebreakers in Uganda as the guest panel member. Brant gave compelling testimony to the 100 + delegates of the barriers in accessing HIV services and healthcare for young LGBTI people in Uganda highlighting need to ensure that young LGBTI people are not left behind in new health goal.
Announcement of the campaign:
We have a window of opportunity to ensure that every one of us receives the healthcare we need, wherever we are, whoever we are.
Right now, governments are agreeing the next set of global development goals which will determine the agendas and policies of countries for the next fifteen years.
Decades of hard-won progress in the fight against AIDS could unravel unless governments commit to including lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex (LGBTI) people in the health goal under the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
If we don’t act now, the health goal to ensure that everyone can have access to affordable and high quality health services through Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will not address the specific healthcare needs of LGBTI people and other marginalised groups. This provides a licence for discrimination and persecution rather than treatment and protection.
Take action and sign a letter to the two people responsible for drafting the UHC text – Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Ask them to make sure the new health goal is fully inclusive and protects everyone.