Reducing inequalities and exclusion
UNDP works to empower women, girls and key populations at greater risk of HIV, such as men having sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people, prisoners, and other excluded groups, to access HIV and other services and realize their rights. This involves supporting countries to ensure that, regional and national policies and programmes are inclusive and rights-based, and address the needs of these populations.
400 million people around the world still lack access to essential health services. Universal access to quality health services is critical to tackling major diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer. Also, stigma created by discriminatory laws, policies and practices can deter people from seeking HIV and other services, and gender-based violence and overlapping inequalities (gender, income, disability, ethnicity) negatively affect health and development more broadly.
UNDP works closely with networks of key populations to advance non-discriminatory access to HIV and other services and make sure no-one is left behind. Through our programmes we support countries to improve policies and programmes on human rights, gender and key populations for better health and development outcomes.
UNDP’s achievements in this area contribute to achieving SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and health related targets in SDG 5 (gender inequality), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).