Countries of the Americas will work to improve LGBT access to health services

Addressing the causes LGBT persons (104)

Delegates from the countries of the Americas participating in the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today approved a draft resolution calling on Member States to work to promote the provision of health services to lesbian , gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The resolution, submitted by the United States and supported by the rest of the countries of the Region, calls for boosting equal access to services and for working to address the stigma and discrimination that this group faces in the health sector which results in increasing reluctance to approach health centers.

Dr. Nils Daulaire,  Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, indicated that barriers of access to health services encountered by LGBT people, ranging from rudeness to denial of treatment, result in poorer health.

PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, said that all people have a right to health care, and that the Pan American Health Organization will work with countries to address the issue and prepare a report on the health and access to care for LGBT people.

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