Manipur is a border state sharing 398 KM with Myanmar. The state has the 2nd highest HIV prevalence rate in India (1.47%). Additionally the state has a large number of "invisible" young LGBTQI+ population and migrants/ refugees. Being a hilly conflicted region it is marginalized further in terms of health and livelihoods for young key populations. Many have lost lives and livelihoods as COVID-19 has been challenging the well being of the younger communities and the limited number of front-line workers.
- Vaccination is a "privilege"
Not all people can afford the high price put up for the vaccine doses for 18+ especially for young people who do not have any income source. This fund will be use to solve few of the problems in my state.
- Access to HIV Medicines ,Sanitary Kits & Contraceptives
Many young and queer people are on HIV and other medicines. They are neither "out" about their sexuality nor about their health conditions and need proper community led advocacy and assistance.
Prolonged lockdown is leading to unplanned pregnancies and other complications related to sexual and reproductive health due to inaccessibility.
- Mental Health and Self Care
Manipur does not have adequate and affirmative mental health support system to overlook the fear and helplessness of the communities as well as front-line workers. Most of them are overwhelmed, exhausted and doing it voluntarily without any financial support.
THE CRISIS needs a community led approach in order to REACH THE UNREACHED and interventions to safeguard the health and well being of the grassroots workers, key populations including young LGBTQI+, Young people living with HIV, Orphans,Young people living with disabilities, migrants/refugees and individuals working at the front lines.
One of the solutions is to mobilize and create an inclusive network of young people across Manipur to assist the young key populations and front-line workers through crowdfunding to support 5000 individuals who are in need.
More details about our organisation, Ya_All and the fundraiser are in the attached links.