The right to health care for all!

The right to health care for all!

Mrs. Victorine Mangwi, Health care worker at GeorgeTown Global Health LLC expresses herself on LGBT community and the right to health care for all.

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 adopted over 70 years by the World Health Organization (W.H.O). Mrs. Victorine says “the right to health for all people means that everyone should have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardship”. No one should get sick and die because they are poor or because they cannot access the health services they need. Good health is also determined by other basic human rights including access to safe drinking water and sanitation, nutritious food, adequate housing and safe working conditions.

The right to health also means that everyone should be entitled to control their own health body including having access to sexual and reproductive information and services free from violence and discrimination. Mrs. Mangwi says “the LGBT community is at times discriminated upon due to their sexual status”. Stigma towards LGBT populations is reinforced by criminal legislation which in turn fuels violence, exploitation and the climate of fear, thereby undermining efforts to make HIV services available to those who need them says UNAIDS. Transgender people, who are estimated to account for 0.1 to 1.1 of the world’s population often face stigma, discrimination and social rejection in their homes and communities. Discrimination, violence and criminalization are all reasons that prevent transgender people from accessing the HIV services they need to stay healthy. The LGBT population is more vulnerable as they do not have access to quality health and thus a rise in the number of HIV infections amongst this group of people.

Everyone has the right to privacy and to be treated with respect and dignity no matter the circumstance. Mrs. Mangwi says “health is wealth and no matter your condition, we all have equal rights to health care”.

Presented by Che Engochan with the expertise of Mrs. Victorine Mangwi, Health care worker at GeorgeTown Global Health LLC

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