Health Care Access

Have you, or has a member of your family, ever been seriously ill? Imagine, for a moment, the pain and shutterstock_149234927frustration of being refused treatment at a hospital or clinic, simply because of who you are.

Millions LGBTQIA+  people in Tanzania do not have access to quality health services, including HIV prevention, treatment care, and support, due to prejudice based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Denying health care access in Tanzania, including HIV prevention and treatment, is simply unjust.

Things are so difficult that some of these people living with HIV, desperate for relief, medicate themselves with battery acid because they have heard that it kills the virus.

Free User friendly

LGBT Voice works in partnership with health providers who run  LGBT+ friendly facilities in Dar es Salaam that  provide the following free quality health services to  LGBT+ people who do not access services due to homophobia based on their sexual orientation:

  • HIV testing
  • TB screening
  • treatment care
  • free condoms
  • HIV-prevention education
  • physical and emotional support

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

It isn’t always easy to know what constitutes as trauma in a true psychological sense, but it’s typically defined as a sudden, expected event that is life threatening in nature of someone.

LGBTQIA+ people impacted by unjust arrests, detention and torture in Tanzania need mental health and wellbeing to rebuild their lives because trauma have very negative and distressing effects on  their families, relationships, work and career, and quality of life.

That’s why LGBT Voice Tanzania plays a major role of providing   free trauma-informed care to individuals impacted by unjust arrests, detention and torture to help them cope with the emotional response caused by traumatic incidents they experienced

This is the only way we can help and ensure that LGBT people access free quality health services.

As a gay man who has been denied access to quality health services in public health facilities several times due to my sex orientation, I was looking for a way to help end this problem in Tanzania.
– James Wandera Ouma, Executive Director

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