Key Populations are Left Behind in the 2019 Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage

This story is sourced from MPACT website.
"Earlier this week, Heads of State, Health Ministers, high-level policymakers, civil society activists and health sector stakeholders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to adopt the 2019 Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage. This Political Declaration is a commitment by each country to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all people by 2030, as set forth in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Political Declaration is markedly weak on key aspects necessary to realize full Universal Health Coverage for people who use drugs, sex workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. After months of consultations and negotiations led by the permanent missions of Georgia and Thailand to the United Nations, the adopted text falls short of specifically naming these marginalized communities who are often left behind. 
The Political Declaration also lacks a commitment to remove legal and policy barriers that leave key populations behind and without access to care. A strong Political Declaration would have reinforced health as a right, as enshrined in international law and explained in General Comment No. 14 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Failure to acknowledge health as a human right renders the Political Declaration weak. In addition, failing to explicitly name our communities renders us invisible. Advocates are therefore left with little leverage to  motivate Member States to eliminate the social, legal, and policy barriers that undermine health for LGBTI people, people who use drugs and sex workers.

MPact encourages all advocates to be vigilant with regard to inclusion of LGBTI people, people who use drugs and sex workers in discussions on universal health coverage at the national level. Advocacy and continual monitoring of health policy development will be essential to ensure that our communities are not left behind. For more read.

The Political Declaration at the @UN #HLM2019 on #UHC was markedly weak on issues pertaining to drug use, sex work, LGBTI people, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. What happened to #LeaveNoOneBehind? via @mpactglobal


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