Each day, around the globe, sexual minorities and/or LGBTI face stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses that impact their health and well-being. Sexual minorities and/or LGBTI are often denied access to care, offered inadequate care, and discriminated against by healthcare workers. HealthRight International is dedicated to addressing the unique health needs sexual and gender minorities and ensuring their right to health.
- Improve health and well-being of sexual minorities and/or LGBTI individuals
- Increase equity of healthcare systems to meet the needs of sexual and gender minorities
- Improve global knowledge on interventions that positively impact the health and well-being of sexual minorities and/or LGBTI populations
- HIV Prevention among Male Sex Workers (MSWs)
Men who are sex workers in Kenya continue to experience high HIV incidence and the highest HIV prevalence of any population group in the country. HealthRight is implementing a first-of-its-kind demonstration project exploring the effectiveness pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infections in uninfected MSW in Kenya. Reaching this highly marginalized population with comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment services is not only critical for reducing HIV incidence among MSM and MSWs, but ultimately for reducing incidence among the general population as well.
- Training Health Workers in Kenya on LGBT-sensitive Service Delivery
HealthRight is developing a program to train health workers in Kenya on sexual minority and gender competency, to build trust and establish a better relationship between both communities.
- Assisting LGBT Asylum Seekers in the U.S.
HealthRight’s Human Rights Clinic (HRC) assists LGBT individuals fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity gain safety and protection in the U.S. Since 1993, the HRC has trained, deployed and supported volunteer medical and mental health providers across the country to provide forensic evaluations documenting evidence of trauma among immigrant survivors of torture and abuse – a key factor in making an asylum claim – and provides wrap-around case management services to clients in need of follow-up services.