The Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS) has been carrying out a project called “Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community in Mozambique”, with the aim of promoting the inclusion of the key population in civic spaces. The project – implemented in collaboration with the associations Kwaedja, Transformar and Kutchindja, and funded by Love Alliance for a year – also aims to combat gender-based sexual violence, stigmatization and discrimination against the key population. The initiative also aims to guarantee equal access to inclusive services.

According to Angelina Magibire, manager of the aforementioned project and coordinator of the Regulation and Litigation pillar at the Citizen Observatory for Health, the initiative has generated positive impacts on the community covered.

Magibire explains that the project has been positive, as it has raised questions regarding the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the community, thanks to the experience and integration of the Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS) in the National Key Population technical group, which includes the Ministry of Health and National Council to Combat AIDS.

“This is a multisectoral group that also includes some civil society organizations. The participation of the OCS is essential for the process of designing decision-making strategies in favor of the LGBTQI+ community”, said the manager.

According to Magibire, the participation of the OCS and KWAEDJA, in the technical groups on key population and human rights in the central province of Manica, is positive because it exploits the dissemination of the results of the research carried out previously.

As part of the Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community project, it is planned to monitor the national sexual and reproductive health and rights policy through surveys, with the aim of understanding the extent to which this instrument responds to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs of this target group. In Maputo, on the other hand, the project is being carried out by the OCS and LGBTQI+.

Among other activities, the project plans to hold a meeting to present the results of the Monitoring of the National Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights policy in Mozambique. The results will then be shared with MISAU, Mozambique’s Key Population Network and civil society organizations.

“Campaigns on social networks and other digital platforms will be crucial for sharing the project’s activities, linking up with the international campaign to raise awareness of the visibility of the transgender community”, said the manager, adding that the quality of services provided to the LGBTQI+ community will also be monitored through the health committees and community scorecards.

  
According to Magibire, since the start of the project, 10 organizations and over 100 people have been involved.

The project will culminate with the National Conference on the Right to Health, with the participation of various national and regional organizations.

Empowerment project for the LGBTQ+ Community debates Barriers in Access to healthcare

For its part, Associação Kwaedja – an organization that advocates for the promotion of health and human rights of the key population, based in the province of Manica – says that the Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community project has been helping to reflect on the barriers faced by this group in the National Health Service.

Lucas Macha, Programme Manager at KWAEDJA, says that his organization has participated in various activities since its implementation, including cultural events, with the aim of creating debates about the struggles and challenges that limit the LGBTQ+ community in various sectors.

In an interview with OCS, Macha said that the activities were positive because they focused on health components through reflective actions around care for the LGBTQI+ community. According to the manager, the OCS actions served to empower this key population about their human rights, with a view to tackling the stigmatization and discrimination of LGBTQI+ people in the country’s Health Units.

“The project has had a positive impact by addressing the key population’s policies and strategies for reducing inequalities in the National Health System at the level of health units and communities”, said Macha.

On the other hand, according to Macha, it is expected that there will be dissemination of key messages on LGBTQI+ community issues, taking into account themes of empowerment, valuing diversity and promoting the rights of the community, so that there is equal and respectful treatment in the light of the principles of the right to health.

“It is expected that there will be equality in the medical care and medication of LGBTQI+ people, as well as safe spaces with decision-makers, members of the key population, technical groups of the population, institutions that work in the area of health and the entire community in general”, he said.

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