Achieving Goal 3 of the SDGs

Achieving Goal 3 of the SDGs

Being aware of our socio-cultural and religious diversities and yet united as a country has always made me proud. Unfortunately these diversities are becoming more complex and instead of the beauty in the variety, some people’s lives and wellbeing are threaten and suddenly my Nigeria is turning into one of the most unsafe places to live on earth.
Even when the country seems to belong to every one of us yet some group of individuals have been left out in policies and interventions by government. As if that was not enough, the National Assembly decided to enact a law that criminalizes their lifestyle and freedom of association. This law has caused a lot of limitations to the enjoyment of Human rights, among which is the right (access) to healthcare.
Interestingly, the major religious bodies in Nigeria cannot deny the existence of groups of people who do not conform to the lifestyle prescribe by culture and religious injunctions. Fortunately the Nigerian Government are signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the slogan “leaving no one behind.” However, the leaving no one behind slogan is put to test as key populations are unable to access some healthcare services thereby becoming an obstacle to achieving goal three (Good health and wellbeing) of the SDGs.
As part of our mandate to creating an enabling environment for expanded access to sexual reproductive health and rights information and services, the International Centre for Sexual reproductive Rights (INCRESE) have designed programs and activities that ensures the achievements of SDGs. INCRESE organized a two day capacity building workshop in the three major Local Governments of Niger State, namely Suleja, Bida and Kontagora. The workshop seeks to address the capacity needs of the key population (KP) members on human rights and positive health-seeking behavior on STIs and HIV.

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