The Sustainable Development Goals urge us to Leave No One Behind. SDG 3 specifically aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all of all ages. But the reality is that despite all efforts to promote Universal Health Coverage, persons with disabilities are still left out. They face higher healthcare needs, more barriers to accessing services, and less health coverage, resulting in worse health outcomes2. But how to overcome the barriers that block persons with disabilities from accessing health services? What interventions are needed to make health care services and the wider healthcare system disability-inclusive? To find an answer to these questions See You foundation (formerly known as Light for the World Netherlands) started Every Life Matters (ELM), a multi-country-country initiative to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in sexual & reproductive health and eye care in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Mozambique. In this programme See You foundation together with its implementing partners developed, tested and improved] disability-inclusive interventions to make health care services accessible.
In this publication we want to share the key learnings from this programme. We will explain what went well, but we will also be honest about our struggles, sothat you are not going to make the same mistakes aswe did. We will also share the tools that have been developed and hope it will inspire you to make health care services accessible for persons with disabilities as well. Even though, the Every Life Matters programme concentrated on a small aspect of health care (mainly Sexual&Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Eye Care and Neglected Tropical Diseases), we believe that the lessons learned can also be used for other sectors of health services.
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