Agenda 2030 For LGBTI Health and Well-Being

August 2017 - In Focus

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The Global Forum on MSM & HIV and OutRight Action International (2017).

This review paper describes the relevance of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3), “Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages,” to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) populations. Since information on these populations is incomplete, the paper also describes the data needed to implement and monitor programs for LGBTI groups to achieve seven broad targets within SDG 3. Each chapter summarizes available data and data gaps for each target. The authors also highlight the importance of: 1) disaggregating data for LGBTI populations, 2) addressing human rights challenges, including the right to health, for LGBTI populations; 3) acknowledging that LGBTI health needs, experiences, and outcomes are diverse, and that there are neglected populations within this group; and 4) engaging LGBTI-led community organizations in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating interventions. The review provides specific recommendations for each target. It also offers nine cross-cutting recommendations for advancing SDG 3 by improving the wellbeing of LGBTI individuals, including repealing laws that punish same-sex and transgender behaviors, banning nonconsensual medical procedures, equipping health care providers to provide services to LGBTI individuals, and funding organizations that reach LGBTI populations.

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