HEALTH FOR ALL. Act with ambition: breaking barriers faced by LGBT persons in accessing health services

Addressing the causes of disparities in health service access and utilization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Persons: Celebrating Universal Health Day and International Human Rights Day 2016

A transgender woman receives care at an LGBT clinic. Universal access to health and universal health coverage ensure timely and quality health services for all, without discrimination and based on specific health needs of different persons.

For the third consecutive year, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is taking part in the campaign promoted by the Universal Health Coverage Coalition of 739 organizations in 117 countries. As part of the Coalition, PAHO/WHO emphasizes the importance of promoting universal health as a key issue in the countries of the Region.

On December 12th, 2012, a United Nations resolution, approved by full consensus, recognized universal access to health as a human right and declared Universal Health Day.

On December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed by the United Nations General Assembly, which designated December 10 as Human Rights Day.

Within this framework, PAHO/WHO decided to hold Universal Health Day and Human Rights Day jointly in 2016, with a focus on addressing the causes of disparities in access to and utilization of health services by groups in conditions of vulnerability.

In accordance with Resolution CD50.R8 "Health and Human Rights", the PAHO Directing Council has called on its Member States to disseminate human rights instruments applicable to health, especially among groups in the greatest conditions of vulnerability.

This mandate is particularly relevant for the LGBT community, since it bears relation to the ability of these people to access and utilize health services.

This celebration is motivated by the recognition that universal health is a right and by the need to address the causes of disparities in the access and utilization of health services by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) persons. It is also an appeal for societies, people, governments, and decision makers to make active use of mechanisms to bring down the barriers and promote equity.

Communication materials

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PAHO/WHO slogan


PAHO/WHO's slogan for this new edition of the campaign for the right to universal health is:

Salud para todos
Seamos ambiciosos: derribemos las barreras que impiden el acceso de las personas LGBT a los servicios de salud

Health for All
Act with ambition: breaking barriers faced by LGBT persons in accessing health services

La santé pour tous
Soyons ambitieux : renversons les barrières qui empêchent les personnes LGBT d'avoir accès aux services de santé

Saúde para todos
Sejamos ambiciosos: vamos derrubar as barreiras enfrentadas por pessoas LGBT no acesso aos serviços de saúde

# Campaing Hastags

  • In English
  • #HealthForAll #UniversalHealth #LGBTrights #HumanRights
  • In Spanish
  • #SaludParaTodos #SaludUniversal #DerechosLGBT #DerechosHumanos

Links

# Universal Health Coverage Coalition

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Key facts

  • LGBT people face greater disparities than heterosexuals in access to health care.
  • The LGBT community suffers from stigmatization and discrimination. They do not have early and timely access to health care services or do not use them at all.
  • They receive care that is inadequate or substandard, including verbal abuse, disrespectful behavior, and providers who simply do not take the time to properly address the needs of people who visit their services.
  • Universal access is defined as the absence of geographical, economic, sociocultural, organizational, or gender barriers. Universal access is achieved through the progressive elimination of barriers that prevent all people from having equitable use of comprehensive health services determined at the national level.
  • The WHO Constitution affirms that the "enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition." This is the core value of universal access to health and universal health coverage. It is a right that should be promoted and protected without distinction of age, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, language, national origin, place of birth, or any other condition.

PAHO main event

Addressing the causes of disparities in health service access and utilization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Persons: Celebrating Universal Health Day and International Human Rights Day

When: 12 December 2016 at 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m. EST

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