Discrimination in health care settings creates barriers to reaching the prevention and 90-90-90 targets. UNAIDS is seeking examples of good practice in reducing all forms of discrimination in health care settings. Submissions will provide an opportunity to review best practices in reducing discrimination and to inform the Thematic Segment background note and discussions.
Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples of policies, programmes and other actions in the following areas:
- Programmes to eliminate discrimination in health care settings, including but not limited to:
o Programmes to eliminate discrimination towards people living with HIV in health care settings, key populations and other vulnerable groups;
o Programmes to eliminate gender-based discrimination in health care settings;
o Programmes that empower clients and civil society to demand discrimination-free health care;
o Programmes to educate health care service users about their rights and the mechanisms available to seek redress in cases of discrimination in health care settings.
o Programmes to equip the health workforce with human rights and gender equality competencies; with an understanding of medical ethics; and with knowledge of their rights, roles, and responsibilities related to addressing discrimination in health care settings;
o Programmes to improve working conditions and empower the health workforce to be agents of change to reduce discrimination;
- Measures to increase accountability and access to justice, including but not limited to:
o Actions to monitor and report on cases of discrimination in health care settings;
o Actions to develop and promote patient’s rights charters in health facilities;
o Provision of legal services, including legal information, advice and representation to address cases of discrimination in health care settings, for both health care workers and users;
o Actions initiated by National Human Rights institutions to address discrimination in health care settings.
- Measures to protect people against discrimination in health care settings through laws, policies and regulations, including but not limited to:
o Reviewing and strengthening laws to prohibit discrimination in health care settings;
o Repealing laws that have been proven to negatively impact health outcomes for people living with HIV, key populations and other vulnerable groups;
o Repealing discriminatory laws that negatively impact on women’s and girls’ access to and use of health care services;
o Establishing national-level protocols, guidelines and other measures to ensure effective access to health care for people living with HIV, key populations and other vulnerable groups;
o Reviewing, strengthening and monitoring health facility level policies, regulations, standards and working conditions with a view to eliminating discrimination against both staff and users.
The submissions must be made using an online submission form by Friday 6th October 2017.