ILGA-Europe publications on health
Find publications and resources produced by ILGA-Europe related to health here.
Joint Declaration: Strengthen youth leadership to address the challenge of HIV and advance health and human rights of LGBTQI people in Europe
UNAIDS together with ILGA-Europe and IGLYO call upon the European Union, governments, local authorities and member organisations in Europe to strengthen youth leadership to address the challenge of HIV and advance health and human rights of LGBTQI people in Europe.
In the fight against HIV infection, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a vital tool when properly administered and monitored.
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Public consultation on measures for improving the recognition of prescriptions issued in another Member State, January 2012
ILGA-Europe and Transgender Europe jointly submitted input for a public consultation on measures for improving the recognition of prescriptions issued in another European Union Member State. Download the joint submission and read the key concerns here.
Accessing Health: the Context and the Challenges for LGBT People in Central and Eastern Europe (April 2006)
This research project is the first of its size and scope has to be carried out among LGBT communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova and Romania. As such, the initiative is of groundbreaking importance and the data collected will serve to inform ongoing advocacy and policy work. The report presents the findings on health and access to the health care system by the LGBT communities in five Central and Eastern European countries, as well as draws conclusions and makes recommendations to the relevant stakeholders, including international organisations. It also introduces a methodology and lessons learnt, which could be used for further research.
Written Contribution from ILGA-Europe, Green Paper – Improving the mental health of the population: Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union (COM (2005) 484), May 2006
Discrimination, social exclusion and mental ill-health are interconnected in more than one way. While people with mental illness may face discrimination due to stigma attached to mental health problems, discrimination on a variety of grounds can be also at the root of mental health problems.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people do face many forms of discrimination and exclusion which may negatively impact their mental health. While LGBT people are not inherently any more prone to mental or emotional distress than anyone else, research shows that the discrimination they experience on grounds of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity is a significant determinant of their mental health.
In this context, ILGA-Europe welcomes the proposal to launch a debate on the need for an EU strategy on mental health and would like to contribute to the consultation by highlighting the importance of discrimination as a determinant of mental health. This contribution is intended to stress the connection between discrimination and mental health through a brief overview of the impact of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity on the mental health of LGBT people. This paper also provides a response to the questions raised by the Commission in the green paper from the perspective of promoting equality for, and combating discrimination against LGBT people.
ILGA-Europe welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this green paper consultation process, and looks forward to an ongoing debate in this important policy area with all the relevant stakeholders.