As we observe World Health Day on April 7th, AFEW International proudly stands in solidarity with the global community under the theme “My Health, My Right.” This theme underscores the fundamental principle that every individual has the right to access essential healthcare services without discrimination or barriers.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), where underserved communities often face significant obstacles in accessing healthcare, the theme “My Health, My Right” resonates deeply. Many individuals within these communities, including LGBTIQ individuals, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, people living with HIV, (ex) prisoners, (labour) migrants, vulnerable women, youth, and adolescents, are marginalized and disproportionately affected by health disparities.

AFEW International remains steadfast in its commitment to championing health as a fundamental human right. We believe that every person, regardless of their background or circumstance, deserves access to quality healthcare services, including prevention, treatment, and care for major public health concerns such as HIV, tuberculosis, COVID-19, and viral hepatitis.

On this World Health Day, we reaffirm our dedication to empowering individuals to assert their right to health. Through advocacy, education, and collaborative partnerships, we will ensure that all underserved individuals can exercise their right to good health.

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