Launch: Protect the gains, push for progress
On International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, PITCH – a strategic partnership between Aidsfonds, Frontline AIDS and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, launched a new guide for communities to support them in their advocacy for an inclusive UHC during COVID-19 and beyond.
Protecting the right to health for marginalised people during COVID-19
The pandemic has more than ever demonstrated that global solidarity, shared responsibility and protecting everyone is critical to any serious effort to end pandemics, including AIDS, and achieve health for all.
The new advocacy guide supports partners in developing advocacy strategies that integrate rights-based, community-led and inclusive approaches into the UHC agenda in the context of COVID-19 and beyond. It informs longer-term advocacy to ensure countries have health systems in place that are strong and resilient to future health crises.
Impact of COVID-19 on UHC advocacy
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, community advocates have raised concerns about how different preventive measures by countries are affecting the continued delivery of HIV services and the further exclusion of key populations and other marginalised groups.
Some measures taken by governments have led to a further increase of stigma and discrimination of key populations. Also lockdowns, quarantines and disruption of public transport services have prevented people living with and affected by HIV to go to clinics and access vital services. Read more on this in the blog of our colleague, Marielle Hart, Head of Policy US at Aidsfonds.
Protect the gains, push for progress
New advocacy guide supports communities in developing advocacy strategies that integrate rights-based, community-led, and inclusive approaches into the universal health coverage agenda in the context of COVID-19.
The guide has been translated into five additional languages, download the copy in your language: