Why trans youth voices matter in conversations around UHC

Why trans youth voices matter in conversations around UHC

The READY4UHC campaign featured a twitter chat to raise awareness around the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (17 May) and the importance of having young trans people meaningfully involved in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) design and implementation. Four young trans panellists - Akani from Matimba (South Africa), Ava from Jinsiangu (Kenya), Emmanuella from Dynamic Initiative for Healthcare & Human Rights (DIHHR) (Nigeria), and Nana from Trans Youth Initiative (Uganda) - provided insights and answers to questions. The chat made clear that amidst the COVID-19 crisis, governments are not doing enough protect and support young transgender people.


Governments are not putting any precautions in place to ensure trans communities access healthcare, once again trans individuals are not afforded basic human rights. - Akani from Matimba, South Africa


The organisations of our young trans people panellists are doing their best to bridge this gap. Akani’s organisation Matimba provides online psychosocial support for trans youth in South Africa and Nana’s organisation Trans Youth Initiative Uganda supports two peers with bicycles to ensure door to door delivery of SRHR services. However, these and other initiatives lead by young trans people need more support. Ava from Jingiansu, an organisation that supports PITCH implementation in Kenya, says that more funding spaces for trans people’s initiatives are needed. Sebastian Rowlands, Senior Advisor (Policy) for PITCH, agrees with this and emphasises that decisions on how funding is spent need to be made by trans and non-binary people themselves. Sebastian adds: “In global UHC spaces trans communities are still on the periphery, and youth voices too. Global bodies like UHC2030 and WHO could give their weight and support to protecting our rights and be explicit when talking about who is 'left behind'.” 

The twitter chat generated 247,452 total potential impressions and a unique potential reach of 46,070 people (using the hashtags #READY4UHC and #IDAHOBIT2020). 

Twitter chat by READY4UHC Twitter chat by READY4UHC

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