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 Advocating for Health Equity: My Health, My Right

In its ongoing efforts to achieve a global health equity, the World Health Organization (WHO) Council on the Economics of Health for All recently has found that although at least 140 countries recognize health as a human right in their constitution, only 4 countries have mentioned how to finance it. To address these types of challenges, the theme for World Health Day 2024 is ‘My health, my right’.

It is a reminder that health should not be a privilege reserved for a few people but a fundamental right extended to all members of society.

However, by prioritizing the principle of health as a human right, SIDC showed a constant commitment to sexual health and achieved outstanding outcomes.

In 2023, we made significant progress in promoting sexual health and well-being, as indicated by impactful initiatives:

10,708 Individuals Reached through STIs Testing, OAT Treatment, Mental Health Support, and Case Management: By offering comprehensive services from testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to mental health support and case management.

22,808 Individuals Reached through Awareness Sessions, Field, and Online Outreach: Through proactive outreach efforts, including awareness sessions conducted both in the field and online, SIDC successfully engaged over 22,000 individuals, disseminating crucial information about sexual health, prevention, and available resources.

6,003 Hygiene Kits/Food Parcels (Vouchers) Distributed: Recognizing the economic circumstances in Lebanon, SIDC addressed the needs of vulnerable groups by delivering over 6,000 hygiene kits and food packs, reducing immediate problems and boosting overall well-being.

As we commemorate World Health Day 2024 and reflect on the theme of ‘My Health, My Right,‘ let us not only affirm the principle of equity put it into practice. By advocating for policies that prioritize health as a fundamental human right, we can work together to build a society in which every individual has access to the best possible health care—because health is more than a privilege; it is an essential right.

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