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Parallel event during the WHA 70 to promote the Agenda for Zero Discrimination in Health Care, ICRC Museum, Thursday 25th May 2017, from 12-2 pm.

The session is being organized by the Netherlands mission with the confirmed co-sponsorship of Brazil, Ghana, Luxembourg, Moldova, Mozambique, Paraguay and Portugal missions to UN in Geneva, the International AIDS Alliance, Aidsfonds, the International Federation of the Red Cross, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMC) and the technical support from UNAIDS and WHO Health Workforce

The theme of the session is: "Catalyzing global actions to stop discrimination in health care". The objectives of this event are to strengthen political commitment for the implementation of the Agenda for Zero Discrimination in Health Care at all levels; build evidence, promote accountability, and to broaden partnerships for increased actions towards the elimination of discrimination in health care.

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Civil Society Engagement Mechanisms (CSEM) for UHC2030 is looking for one Global South, one Global North and one Community Based Organisations (CBOs) CSO representatives and their 3 Alternates to contribute to UHC2030 Steering Committee.

UHC2030 took over IHP+ with the overall aim of supporting a movement for accelerated, equitable and sustainable progress towards UHC as well as the other health targets in the SDGs, including global security and equity.

Engagement of CSOs in this initiative is built on a process that started in September 2017 with an online consultation in 3 languages, webinars sessions and a meeting in December 2017 in Geneva to define the role, mandate and structure of a CSO constituency. As a final result, it was proposed to have a Civil Society Engagement Mechanisms (CSEM) composed of 3 CSO representatives, an Advisory group, National and Regional focal points and a secretariat with this aim to give a systematic attention to the needs of the most marginalised and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind.

The CSEM seek to strengthen an inclusive and broad movement on UHC, influence policy design and implementation, strengthen citizen-led and social accountability mechanisms, and promote coordination and harmonisation between CSO platforms and networks working on health related issues. An interim group of CSO with an interim secretariat are in charge of setting up the first CSO constituency to build a strong CSO voices and views in the UHC2030.

You will see attached all the needed information to submit an application or/and look for more details about this process and UHC2030 initiative.

The deadline to apply is May 20th . Please send your application to

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Tunisia: Doctors Oppose ‘Anal Test’ for Homosexuality
Medical Councils Around the World Should Follow Example

(Tunis, April 12, 2017) – The National Council of the Medical Order in Tunisia issued a statement on April 3, 2017, calling for doctors to cease conducting forced anal and genital examinations

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“Together for Our Rights” Small Grants Program for LGBTQI groups in EECA
Deadline – 30 April 2017

ECOM invites LGBTQI community-based organizations and initiative groups from the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine) to submit project proposals that aim at identifying and addressing stigma and discrimination, and human rights violations in access to health and HIV services that communities of gay men and other MSM, and of trans* people in their countries face due to sexual orientation, gender identity / expression and/or HIV status.

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A searchable online repository of tools to assess and address HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care

With growing interest globally in understanding and addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings, and just in time for World Health Day, we have created a tool-finder as a repository of useful tools for people working in this area. This resource can be found at:

The tool-finder is designed to help you find the most appropriate tool for the work you want to do on HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings. By telling us a little bit about who you are and what kind of tool you are looking for, our search engine will identify for you the most appropriate tools for your purpose. For example, if you are a researcher seeking to assess HIV-related stigma within health care settings you would be directed towards a different set of tools than if you are a health care worker seeking to carry out training to address HIV-related discrimination in health care settings. The repository currently includes 50 tools and if you have additional tools that are relevant you can upload them directly on the website.

This tool-finder was developed by the Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Southern California, with funding and support from UNAIDS.

UNAIDS has published a feature story on the tool-finder, where you can find additional information about this new tool

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BRUSSELS, 6 April 2017 – Ahead of World Health Day, PICUM highlights in a new report how cities across Europe help provide access to health care for all migrants in their communities who are shut out of the public health system.

Irregular migrants often have limited or no access to health care and fear going to the doctor because they might be reported to authorities. An increasing number of city governments recognise that denying migrants access to health care and other services if they have irregular migration status is detrimental to social policy goals, including social cohesion. Restricting health care access can have negative impacts on public health, and may counteract any progress made in reducing inequalities in health. It also results in higher costs, since migrants are forced to resort to emergency care rather than accessing more preventative care. 

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Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said today...

Barriers to the realization of sexual and reproductive health rights exist in the form of violence and discrimination against women and other key populations....

While Indonesia has a relatively low prevalence of HIV/AIDS, new infections are on the rise and those affected face stigma and discrimination, including in healthcare settings. Ethnic Papuans are twice as likely to contract HIV/AIDS as the rest of the population.

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Eliminating discrimination in health care. Stepping stone towards ending the AIDS epidemic
UNAIDS (2016)

UNAIDS has published a reference report that briefly describes and defines the challenges and impacts of discrimination in health-care settings. Such discrimination affects people seeking access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care and support measures, as well as health-care workers in their workplace.

International human rights standards provide the rationale for catalysing global action to eliminate such discrimination. The report aims to serve as a reference for policy-makers and other key stakeholders engaged in shaping policies and
programmes to regulate health care, and eliminate discrimination and other structural barriers to achieving healthy lives for all.

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Vietnam works towards ending HIV-related discrimination in clinics

A survey of 600 healthcare providers and PLHIV in 3 facilities Ho Chi Minh City has found that around 70% of medical staff took excessive precautionary measures while offering check-ups to HIV patients for fear of infection. The survey also found that 40% PLHIV were discriminated in medical facilities. Capacity building is piloted in the 3 facilities before scaling up nationwide

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FIGO human rights competences curriculum

The FIGO Committee for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights has developed between 2010-2012 a generic medical school curriculum to integrate the teaching of women’s health and human rights, adaptable to local and national standards, health policies, laws and international obligations. The goal was to educate future doctors to practice in such a way that Women’s Rights and Reproductive Healthcare become inseparable.

An outline document was drafted describing 10 universal human rights and the healthcare competencies that are necessary to ensure them in the course of daily medical practice. Each statement of rights was accompanied by a case study, references to relevant medical, ethical and legal literature and followed by a list of specific discussion questions. A final document alongside plans and a dissemination timetable were approved by the FIGO Executive Board in June 2011.
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