Every year millions of marginalised people around the world are denied access to life-saving healthcare. 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.
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.
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has launched a new campaign, named 'Write us in', to ensure the new health goal is fully inclusive. 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.
Besides writing a letter, you can also support ‘Write us in’ on Twitter (@theaidsalliance) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-HIVAIDS-Alliance/140226915992252?fref=ts) by taking part in the digital conversations or posting images from ‘Write us in’ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aidsalliance/sets/72157652210581126/) and use #WriteUsIn, #WHA68, #WorldHealthAssembly, #IDAHOT, #post2015, #SDGs, #Action2015, #UHC.
For more information about the campaign, you can visit this website: www.aidsalliance.org/writeusin