Act now to support the world's most marginalised people
Health Poverty Action has long been calling for a seemingly simple measure that could have a huge impact on the health of the communities we work alongside.
The collection of health data – broken down by ethnicity.
If governments were obliged to break down health data for ethnic groups, marginalised communities and their health needs could be identified. And resources diverted to meet them.
Indigenous and marginalised communities are often discriminated against and their health suffers as a direct consequence as they struggle to access health services.
For example, women from the indigenous Mayan population in Guatemala are three times more likely than their national counterparts to die from childbirth.
These communities are often invisible. Data – by ethnicity - would reveal their poor health in comparison with national averages. And governments would have to take action.
Take action today!
In the next few weeks the UK government is finalising its position ahead of a global poverty summit next year. Indigenous and marginalised communities must not remain invisible. Please send an email to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, today.